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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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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Barcelona fiction novels | ForeverBarcelona

TRAVEL READING: BARCELONA FICTION BOOKS

LET YOUR FANTASY FLY WITH THE BEST NOVELS ABOUT BARCELONA Today we are recommending you the best Barcelona fiction books, because don’t you love reading stories about the places where you’ll travel to? I do, because once you get to your destination, you feel more connected to it as you try to discover the places …

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Dia de Sant Jordi in Barcelona | ForeverBarcelona

APRIL 23 HOLIDAY: CELEBRATING ST. GEORGE KILLED A DRAGON

THE ROSES AND BOOKS DAY On April 23rd we celebrate “La Diada de Sant Jordi”. If you are in town, you will see that all of a sudden Barcelona is much more busy: there are people all around buying flowers and books. What’s going on? It’s the April 23 Holiday: St. George’s Day! for us, …

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Fun family Christmas traditions from Spain | ForeverBarcelona

5 FUN CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS IN SPAIN FOR KIDS

FAMILY TRADITIONS FOR CHRISTMAS YOU CAN FOLLOW DURING YOUR BARCELONA TRIP There are many fun Christmas traditions for kids: it’s a big time for them, and they are always delighted with the magic of traditions and presents. Barcelona children have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the holidays, and in many cases you’ll be able to …

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Traditions in Autumn in Spain | ForeverBarcelona

IS THERE HALLOWEEN IN BARCELONA? 5 LOCAL AUTUMN TRADITIONS

A TRADITIONAL AUTUMN IN SPAIN It’s the end of the summer: autumn in Spain is just begining. Soon the leaves of the platan trees in la Rambla will become yellow and fall down covering the boulevard with a crunchy natural carpet. This time of  the year is full of local traditions, inspired by the celebration …

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