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El Raval celebrates St Rita's Day with a party full of red roses

Monday 22 May is St Rita's Day and the Convent de Sant Agustí in the El Raval neighbourhood will be playing host to a truly special party: hundreds of parishioners will be venerating the saint’s relics throughout the day and offering them red roses.

What do we celebrate on Whit Monday?

Monday 5 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.

Fire festival glossary.

In a fire-devil group, what is a 'botafoc'? Like any other area of popular culture, the world of fire has an extremely rich vocabulary, used to describe its own particular features.

22 things you didn’t know about the Sant Ponç Fair

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.

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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...

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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