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The lost customs of All Saints’ Day in Barcelona

Would you like to take a walk around the lost Barcelona, accompanied by the explanations of historian Dani Cortijo and the 'Costumari Català’ (Catalan Customs) by Joan Amades?

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.

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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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