In the night of 23rd of June the party of Sant Joan is held to welcome the summer. This traditional Catalan party is one of the most important holidays organized in the region. It is a custom to party at the beach. Everywhere are open-air parties and get ready to dance till dawn. The party is not complete without drinking cava while watching the fireworks.
If you happen to be in Barcelona in the month of August, don’t miss the Festa Major de Gràcia. Numerous free activities are organized throughout the Gràcia neighborhood, ranging from music, dance and theater. Get your camera ready cause the streets are decorated so beautifully and colorful. Every Catalan festival includes building human towers, also called Castellers. It is incredible to watch it and see how powerful teamwork can be. Correfoc is one of the most popular events during Catalan festivals. It is literally translated in English ‘Fire-Runs’. Dance to the drums and be surrounded by fireworks.
One of the largest parties of the year is on September 11. This day Catalan people celebrate their independence day ‘Diada Nacional de Catalunya’. Whole Barcelona is full of people carrying the Catalan flag. One big open-air party and very interesting to observe.
This list would not be complete without the main festival of Barcelona, La Mercè. During few days more than 600 activities are planned in more than 30 neighborhoods. The city is full of energy. The holiday has been organized since 1871 and is in honor of the Lady of Mercy.
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