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Christmas is in the air: Mercat de Santa Llúcia in Barcelona

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The Fira de Santa Llúcia is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Barcelona dating back to 1786. This is probably Barcelona's most well-known and classic Christmas market and it's located on and around Avinguda de la...

La Ribera d’Ebre county

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The Ribera d'Ebre county, literally meaning "banks of the Ebre river" -one of the most important rivers on the Iberian Peninsula: Ebre in Catalan, Ebro in Spanish- is one of those little hidden gems that Catalonia has...

Some say Catalans are cold and distant and far too serious…

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Catalans, who banned in disgust bullfighting in 2012 and whose sedate national dance, the sardana, is unruffled by passion, are serious, hardworking people. Some associate them with northern Europeans rather than with...

The Three Kings Parade

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The biggest Christmas parade and celebration is the "La Cavalcada dels Reis d'Orient" (Catalan for the "Three Kings Parade" in English, or "Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos" in Spanish) or also known as the "Twelfth Night...

Typical Christmas menu

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Video: © videosfrombarcelona Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMC0meBehoc

Nativity exhibitions during Chrismas

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During Christmas, in many Catalan homes you are going to find beautiful Nativity scenes, called pessebres in Catalan. Kids love those small figurines that we put into the Nativity scenes, and you can find as well Nati...

Homage to a Catalan Christmas

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This is a video showing and explaining some of the Christmas traditions in Catalonia as seen by an American from Iowa. Yes, I know what you're thinking: "Those crazy Catalans!", lol!, we're indeed a bit... eschatologi...

Ball de bastons

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Ball de Bastons (Sticks dance) is the name of a ritual weapon dance spread throughout Europe and the rest of the Iberian area (cossiers in Majorca, Portuguese pauliteiros, Aragonese palotiau, Basque ezpatadantza and S...

Baixada de Torxes at the ski slopes

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Tradition says that the first San Silvestre race was held in 1925 in São Paulo. It was inspired on an old French custom which consisted of races celebrated on the night of New Year, and that's why participants used to...

Baixada de Falles at the Pyrenees

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The popular tradition of the baixada de falles (running of the falles), a sort of march from the mountains to the town carrying a flaming torch, is a traditional festival of many towns at the Alta Ribagorça, Pallars J...

Montblanc & Medieval Week of Sant Jordi

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Montblanc is the capital of the comarca (county) of Conca de Barberà, 40km north of Tarragona. Its name, White Mountain in English, was originally due to a lack of green vegetation, the town today, set amidst lush vin...

Training to become a ‘casteller’

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We're in Barcelona to learn about the art of human castles. In this video, we meet the Castellers de Barcelona who explain the culture and tradition behind the sport and why it has become a passion for so many in the ...

Catifes de Flors (floral carpets) in Sitges

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The Corpus Christi Festival is one of the prettiest events in Sitges. The streets of the town covered in murals made from flower petals as part of a long standing tradition. On Saturday evening the preparations begin....

Sant Joan Festivities

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In Catalonia a great deal of emphasis is placed on the Summer Solstice - the shortest night of the year. It is a public holiday renowned for the electric atmosphere in the air and the crazy parties that take place. If...

23th April: Sant Jordi’s Day

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Hard to understand for those who have never experienced it, Saint George's Day is a popular festive day when book and rose stalls, and, above all, floods of people, take over the streets of all Catalan towns and villa...

Holy Week in Girona

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WHEN: Western Easter Week More information: http://www.girona.cat/turisme/eng/activitats.php Video: © Ssantatarragona Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3CMXZtu_G8

Easter Week in Tarragona

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Some glimpses of the processions can be seen from minute 3' onwards. Part 2 of the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxhGAn7HR2k WHEN: Western Easter Week More information: http://www.ssantatarragona.o...

Christmas markets: Mercat de Santa Llúcia

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The Fira de Santa Llúcia is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Barcelona dating back to 1786. This is probably Barcelona's most well-known and classic Christmas market and it's located on and around Avinguda de la...

The Three Kings Parade

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The Three Kings Parade ('Cavalcada del Reis Mags' in Catalan, or 'Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos' in Spanish) is a special event for children celebrated in January. Every year, Their Majesties get together and make a gr...

Cantada d’Havaneres in Calella de Palafrugell

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The Cantada d'Havaneres (Singing of Havaneres Festival) in the picturesque coastal town of Calella de Palafrugell, in La Costa Brava, is a festival of traditional sea shanties brought back from Cuba by Catalan sailors...

Mercat Medieval in Vic

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Mercat Medieval de Vic is a medieval fair, one of the biggest in Catalonia. The streets of the old town travel back in time to the Middle Ages, getting crowded by artisans, merchants and some theatre play that will su...

Cases de la Festa

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Sardana, gegants, castellers,  balls de bastons, dance troupes and hawks, among others, are the stars of the Catalan heritage, a show of regular performances of traditional and popular culture. Barcelona has an active...

Catalans and food

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Sure, Barcelona has become a cauldron of culinary kookiness, with the foams and froths of master chef Ferran Adrià and his disciples. But you can still get a taste of yesteryear and traditional Catalan cooking. Tradit...

A typical calçotada in Valls

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What are many of your Catalan friends doing next Sunday? From November to April, chances are they are meeting for a calçotada, a traditional party consisting mainly of eating calçots, that is, sweet onions typical fro...

Recipes: Escudella, at the typical Catalan Christmas lunch

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How to easily cook the traditional catalan Christmas soup: Escudella i carn d'olla. Escudella (meaning bowl in Catalan) - a large stew-soup traditionally made at Christmas, a favourite cold-weather dish to warm the...

The wildest side of La Patum de Berga

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Consider something beyond just the simple "stand and gawp" tourism. Spain and Catalonia have a rich and varied culture that you should try to sample, for example, if you are visiting at the time of the astonishing (an...

Christmas street decorations

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Jessica Bowler takes us through the streets of Barcelona to see the beautiful decorations that take over the city during the holidays thanks to the decorations lighting up its streets, fountains, and trees. More in...

Font de Canaletes

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In this video,  Jessica Bowler reveals the secret to getting a return trip to Barcelona - the Font de Canaletes (Canaletes Fountain in English). This fountain on La Rambla is a popular meeting spot for Barcelona resid...

La castanyada

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La Castanyada (Catalan pronunciation: [kas-tah-nee-ah-dah]) is a popular festival celebrated in Catalonia mainly on All Saints' Day. In Occitania, the similar festival Castanhada is celebrated, but not on All Saints' ...

A professional exhibition of sardana at the Auditorium

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From the Barcelona Auditorium, closure of a New Year's concert in the late 90s broadcasted by TV3, the Catalan National Television. The sardana named the Santa Espina ('Holy Thorn') composed by Angel Lieder and Enric ...

Sardanes in front of the Cathedral

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A very typical tradition in Barcelona is to gather in front of the Catedral to dance sardanes on Sunday morning. The sardana is a type of circle dance typical of Catalonia. The dance was originally from the Empordà...

La Patum festivities in Berga

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La Patum is a popular and historic devotional festival which is held annually in the town of Berga, near the Pyrennes, during the week of Corpus Christi. Its origin can be attributed to the old theatrical performances...

Renaissance Festival in Tortosa

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The Festa del Reinaxement ("Reinassance Festival") is the splendour of a 16th century city. Over 3,000 citizens in period costumes and 60 shows a day with over 500 actors transport us to the Tortosa of 500 years ago. ...

Castells and castellers

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A castell (Catalan pronunciation: [kas-tel]) is a human tower built traditionally in festivals at many locations within Catalonia. At these festivals, several "colles castelleres" or teams often succeed in building an...

Verges’ Dance of the Death

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The town of Verges, near Girona, is famous for its Dansa de la Mort (Catalan for "Dance of the Death" or "Macabre Dance") celebrations every Holy Week, probably the last remaining Dance of Death in Europe, performed u...

Holy Week Verges’ Procession

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The town of Verges, near Girona, is famous for its Dansa de la Mort ("Dance of the Death" or "Macabre Dance") celebrations every Holy Week, probably the last remaining Dance of Death in Europe, performed uninterrupted...

Street decoration in the Gràcia area

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Barcelona has long been known as a hedonist's paradise but the refined neighbourhood of Gràcia can, to the casual observer, seem an unlikely place to find the city's biggest annual street party. By day, when the area ...

Panellets for All Saints Day

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The 1st of November is celebrated in Catalonia as the day of 'Tots Sants' (All Saints Day), a festivity where families gather to honour the memory of those who have passed away but also a tradition that comes with its...

Popular Xatonada in Calafell

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Xató (pronounced sha-toh) is a Catalan dish traditionally eaten in January and February, the two coldest months, during which the Catalans find the sharp taste stimulating and warming, although they ordinarily use ver...

Mushroom hunting

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Mushroom hunting is a popular activity in Catalonia, where a mushroom hunter is called boletaire. There is a tradition of going to hunt mushrooms (bolets) as a family or group in the fall, after the rains marking the ...

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