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Festivals and folklore in Catalonia


Popular festivals and traditions are signs of identity and cultural manifestations that are part of the living history of the Catalans.

Catalonia has a large number of different festivals, ranging from religious festivals to popular, recreational festivals. All of these popular, cultural and folklore-based traditions faithfully reflect the personality of the Principality.

Traditional local festivals are held throughout Catalonia, with a vast range of celebratory, cultural, social and religious events, so that there is something to suit all tastes, from locals to visitors. Festivals and folklore in Catalonia

Christmas festivities are also held, with many elements that are the same throughout the world, although Catalonia does have a number of its own customs, such as the Christmas log, the pastorets nativity plays and living cribs.

Important festivals are held in relation to work in the fields, the seasons, agriculture, livestock rearing and the harvesting of different crops. Some highlights of these are the Festa de la Calçotada in Valls, a festival where barbecued onion shoots are eaten, the wine harvesting festival in l'Espluga, the hazelnut festival in Reus, the Àplec del Cargol in Lleida, a festival in honour of snails, and many more.

Other important dates in the calendar are linked to historical or religious events in Catalonia, such as the eleventh of September, which commemorates the siege of Barcelona, Sant Jordi, La Mercè, and others.

Some celebrations have been declared Events of National Interest, such as the Patum festival to celebrate Corpus Christi in Berga, the carnival in Vilanova i la Geltrú, the traditional Passion Play performed in Esparreguera, the Festa de Santa Tecla festival in Tarragona, the Dansa de la Mort (Dance of Death) procession in Verges, the Festa del barri de Gracia, the traditional neighbourhood festival held in Gracia in Barcelona, the Ball del Ciri ceremonial dance in Castellterçol, and many others.
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