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...
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.
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...
Why did the bonfires of Sant Joan start to decline? The anthropologist Manuel Delgado thinks he knows the answer: children used to be the ones who made them, and they were gradually stopped from playing on the streets, a place that started to be...
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.
Every year at Whitsuntide, some 20 humorous choral groups parade round the streets of Barceloneta in fancy dress, wielding various outsized objects.
It's quite strange that a dynamic and modern city such as Barcelona should maintain an ancestral tradition like the Sant Ponç Fair, which is being held on 10 May in Carrer de l’Hospital.
Sant Jordi is one of the best-loved festivals in our calendar. Even when it falls on a working day, hundreds of people go out for a stroll around the book stands, to buy roses or attend one of the programmed events.
Over the last few years. Barcelona City Council has published a series of books that, from very different perspectives, offer an insight into the city's popular culture. Want to take a look?