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The 'Nit de Sant Joan', a festival unchanged in over 500 years

When we say the 'Nit de Sant Joan' is one of the city's oldest festivals, we're not saying it just for the sake of it: the basic elements – lighting bonfires, throwing firecrackers and filling the public space – have remained unchanged since the...

What ever happened to the Sant Pere revetlla?

While the festival is still very much alive in other Catalan towns and cities, it has lost popularity in Barcelona. Nowadays, there is only one place that holds a Sant Pere revetlla: the Farinera del Clot Cultural Centre.

Twenty things you didn’t know about Sant Joan flat cake

Cocas made with fruit and pine nuts, accompanied by a good cava or muscatel wine, are an essential part of the eve of Sant Joan. And, as with any traditional food, “coca” has a long history behind it, packed with stories and variations well worth...

What do we celebrate on Whit Monday?

Monday 10 June is Whit Monday, a festival that is not celebrated in the same way throughout Catalonia. As each local authority can chose, some make it a public holiday but others don’t.

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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...

It is said that the correfoc developed spontaneously in Barcelona during the La Mercè festival in 1978. That was a time when traditional and popular culture was being revived and a group of cultural activists wanted to organise a fire show. The initial idea was to organise a classic ball de diables but, to their surprise, the watching public joined in the performance and gave it movement.


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