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Joan Amades, an internationally renowned self-taught folklorist

4 August, 2015 | Barcelona People, Unknown City | Post a comment
Amades i la seva muller rebent  el Costumari Català

Human towers, giants, devils and stick dances are just some demonstrations of Catalonia’s rich popular culture and are present at local festivals. This is thanks to the revival of festive traditions which took place in the first years of democracy and to a great extent became possible through the compilation and promotion work undertaken by Joan Amades over a 35 year period. Basically self-taught, Amades is revered by many but … Read more…

The Santa Marta Confraternity, seven centuries of history

28 July, 2015 | Barcelona People, Unknown City | Post a comment
escut confraria

Guilds and confraternities used to be very important institutions in medieval Barcelona society. These professional associations were responsible for helping their members and defending them and their profession against other guilds or institutions, some of which they formed a part of. In Barcelona some of these institutions still remain and although some of their traditions go back centuries they have managed to adapt to the present day. One of them … Read more…

Barcelona’s traditions and customs on the eve of Sant Joan

23 June, 2015 | Barcelona People, Unknown City | Post a comment
infants davant una foguera-1969-Foto PereDeRozas-AFB

One of the biggest celebrations along the Mediterranean arc is for Sant Joan (St.John). The festival celebrates the summer solstice, the moment of the year when the sun is at its highest point above the earth and so the day is longest. Pagan in origin, the festival was assimilated by Christianity as part of the celebration of the birth of John the Baptist, cousin of Jesus, who tradition claims was … Read more…

The tradition of Sant Jordi in Barcelona

21 April, 2015 | Unknown City | Post a comment
diada sant jordi pl sant jaume-1936-Foto Perez de Rozas-AFB

Every year the festival of Sant Jordi fills the city with books and roses, with hordes of people of all ages taking to the city’s streets and public places in a festive atmosphere, even though the day is not currently a public holiday. Barcelona, like the rest of the country, celebrates Catalonia’s patron. However, the folklorist Joan Amades asserts in his work that contrary to expectations, historically this saint’s day … Read more…

St Eulàlia, a long-standing object of devotion in Barcelona

10 February, 2015 | Barcelona People, Unknown City | Post a comment
Santa Eulàlia. Gravat de Dembour i Gangel 1843-fragment-AHCB.

The feast day of St Eulàlia is celebrated on 12 February. St Eulàlia was a young lady from Barcelona and according to tradition she was martyred in the city during the time of the Roman emperor Diocletian. She is occasionally confused with the saint of the same name from Mèrida and although many scholars have shown a greater predisposition to believe in the existence of the saint from Extremadura rather … Read more…