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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CATALAN SONGS YOU SHOULD HEAR AT LEAST ONCE

SONGS FROM CATALONIA THAT CATALANS WEAR IN THEIR HEARTS There are songs that are special to a land. Songs that when someone from that land hears them, one can’t but feel a special connection with their country. Songs that touch your heart and make you feel you belong. They have become identity symbols that one grows …

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Helpful Barcelona Cathedral saints

SAINTS THAT PROTECT YOU IN THE CATHEDRAL OF BARCELONA

VISITING THE CATHEDRAL: THE MOST HELPFUL CATHOLIC SAINTS Catholicism gives a lot of importance to Saints as examples to follow, but also for their role of mediators between us mortals and God. Not for nothing many of them suffered horrifying martyrdoms, or performed surprising miracles or healings, or had the privilege to encounter Jesus or some …

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Best Christmas songs sung in Spain

OUR FAVORITE SPANISH CHRISTMAS CAROLS

A SELECTION OF THE BEST SPANISH CHRISTMAS MUSIC Merry Christmas! Don’t you love to celebrate it singing carols? Last year I shared with you the Catalan Christmas songs I grew up with, and many of you liked it. So I thought that there wouldn’t be a better subject for today’s post than talking about traditional Spanish …

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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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