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Sant Josep Oriol, the Barcelona saint who turned a radish into coins

Sant Josep Oriol is a Barcelona saint who led a life of vicissitudes, austerity and complete devotion to looking after others. As a good saint, miracles are also attributed to him, the most famous being when he turned a radish into coins. Want to get...

Sant Medir human-tower-making day comes to Sant Cugat

It has now become a tradition for the two Barcelona neighbourhoods to celebrate Sant Medir and have —the Gràcia, Sarrià and Sants— human-tower-making groups put on a joint day event with Sant Cugat's human-tower makers.

Fourth edition of Cod Route

Cod, the star of Lent cooking

Traditionally Lent has been represented as an old woman with seven legs, brandishing a salted cod in one hand and carrying a basket full of vegetables in the other. The produce she has in her hands give us lots of clues about what people eat around...

Why Do Leap Years Exist?

A leap year adds an extra day to the calendar. Why? What day is added: the 24th or the 29th of February?

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Main events and activities in the city

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Three Kings Parade

On the evening of 5 January, Barcelona organises a big welcome for the Kings of the Orient, who set off on a big parade.
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Tres Tombs de Barcelona

The main event of the Festa dels Tres Tombs is a parade of animals in a cavalcade and pulling coaches around the city centre.

Tres Tombs Infernals

The Tres Tombs Infernals is a celebration held in Sant Andreu de Palomar that combines street theatre and a firework display with a correfoc.

Did you know...

The Gegants Vells de la Casa de la Caritat are also known as the Carnival giants because the first news we have of them refers to their participation in the arribo of  1859. A that time they belonged to the Societat del Born, one of the organisations most heavily involved in organising the Barcelona Carnival then. As well as publishing bans and all kinds of satirical notices, they organised a parade in which we know various imaginary festival figures took part and there were some spectacular comparses, groups of dancers in fancy dress.


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