Spanish and Catalan Folklore and Popular Culture

Find in this category our posts about the universal Catalans – that is locals that reached a world-wide fame such as the artist Antoni Gaudí or artists such as Picasso (who wasn’t exactly Catalan but lived in Barcelona during his youth and considered himself one of us), Miró or Salvador Dalí. You’ll also discover our lesser known local celebrities that are worth reading about to understand better the past and present of Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain. Some of the most important characters discussed in this category have their own dedicated tag as well, in case you want to learn more about their works, not just their lives.

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Flamenco facts and history

THE BASICS OF THE HISTORY OF FLAMENCO

5 crucial points to understand flamenco dance history Flamenco is a typical style of music and dance of Spain, specially from the regions of Andalucía, Extremadura and Murcia. Some theories calculate it dates from the 1700’s, and it is believed that the Flamenco culture was born out of the constant interaction between natives, Gypsies, Muslims, …

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Popular Catalan Christmas jingles

OUR FAVORITE CHRISTMAS MUSIC FROM CATALONIA

The best Catalan Christmas carols I love Christmas Carols. We sang them in school when I was a child, and my parents bought me a book with tradition Christmas songs so I could learn and sing more of them. And while there are some Christmas carols in Spanish, my favorite have always been the ones …

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Medieval Barcelona beasts in Parades

BESTIARI DE LA MERCÈ – SCARY BEASTS!

Beasts in Catalan traditional parades Parades of all kinds are huge in the Catalan festivals. We have large cardboard men and women (the Giants – Gegants) and short ones with big heads (Capgrossos), who parade along the streets to the sound of music. And we have a collection of real and fantasy animals that are …

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Sant Joan Barcelona

THE SANT JOAN FESTIVAL IS COMING. ARE YOU GONNA MISS IT?

Top list of Saint John events in Barcelona The Sant Joan Festival (revetlla de St. Joan or Nit de Sant Joan) takes place in the evening of June 23rd and is celebrated all around Catalonia. The night of San Juan Festival is the summer solstice, the shortest night of the year. Families will get together for dinner: …

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Favorite Spanish Brands Clothing

OUR FAVORITE SPANISH CLOTHING BRANDS ARE…

Spanish jeans brands, apparel brands, luxury and more Visiting Spain is not just about learning its history, culture, traditions… but also about discovering its fashion! Because despite French, Italian and American brands being so strong in the international market, fashion in Spain today is really creative and fun, and acquiring a few pieces of clothes during your …

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Easter Barcelona | ForeverBarcelona

EASTER IN BARCELONA: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Ideas for an authentic Barcelona Easter holiday Unfortunately, the Barcelona Easter Week isn’t one of the liveliest in Spain. While areas such as Andalusia are famous for their passionate and breath-taking traditions, in Barcelona you need to know where to go to get a feel of the local Easter celebrations. This is why today we …

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What questions people asks Google about Barcelona?

IS BARCELONA…? EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CITY

What do people ask Google about Barcelona? If you are planning to visit Barcelona soon, you are likely to ask Google a few questions about the city while you are planning your trip. Yes, Google is the know-it-all that can answer pretty much anything you ask. Or I should rather say, find the answer for …

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Barcelona Correfocs | ForeverBarcelona

CORREFOC – THE WILDEST TRADITION OF LA MERCE FESTIVAL

Planning to attend the Fire Run? The Correfoc is a popular Catalan tradition consisting of a parade of infernal characters that chase people with fireworks. It is usually celebrated afterdark (when the effect of the fireworks is more striking), and arises a lot of emotions in the participants that range from (controlled) danger to fun …

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How to set up a Nativity Scene | ForeverBarcelona

HOW TO MAKE A NATIVITY SCENE IN 5 EASY STEPS

TODAY WE TEACH YOU HOW TO SET UP A NATIVITY SCENE SET: Setting up a Nativity scene set is a Christmas tradition that children love: Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Nativity scenes (pessebre in Catalan or belén in Spanish)! Families will set it up a couple of weeks before Christmas, and the whole process of …

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Festes de la Merce | ForeverBarcelona

WHAT TO SEE DURING THE FESTES DE LA MERCE

The biggest event in Barcelona in September La Merce Festival in Barcelona (or Festes de la Merce) is the most important local celebration in Barcelona: it’s our main festival – La Festa Major. Every year it is celebrated during the week around September 24, day of our Lady of Mercy – Patron Saint of Barcelona. …

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