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Candlemas is our marmot day

Candlemas has always been regarded as an ideal day for forecasting the weather, especially how many days of cold are left. Si la Candelera plora, l’hivern és fora; si la Candelera riu, l’hivern és viu is a well-known Catalan saying.

What does Candlemas celebrate?

Candlemas, which falls on 2 February, right in the middle of winter, marks the end of the Christmas cycle. But why is it a festival with such strong roots? Is it religious or is there a pagan background? What part do candles play in it?

Sant Antoni Abat, president of the ‘Setmana dels Barbuts’

Mid-January brings some of the coldest days of the year, a period which has been popularly dubbed as the ‘Setmana dels Barbuts’ [week of the bearded ones]. The days of 15, 16 an 17 January have come to be termed thus as the iconography representing...

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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.
Sant Antoni

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 Seguici Popular de Barcelona is the embodiment of a research project on Barcelona's unusual, historic and unique references which have a symbolic function within the festival. It was set up in 1993 and contains the city's festival imagery, historical figures like the Gegants del Pi and others recreated from historical documents.

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