Celebrations

People walking around the well-known plaça Catalunya
Barcelona is a lively city, with a lot of activity in its streets and squares. Take advantage of these longer days and visit the less known squares, ¡Hola Barcelona takes you there!
Their Majesties kicking off the Barcelona Carnival / Photo: Ajuntament de Barcelona
Once again, the craziest celebration is here. After an edition marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, this year, Their Majesties will be back on the streets with an Arribo created by the Comediants theatrical company. The festival starts on Maundy Thursday, 24 February, with around thirty activities, and ends on Ash Wednesday, 2 March, with the Burial of the Sardine.
The Castanyada is a typical Catalan celebration that takes place on the night of October 31st / Photo: Ekrulila - Pexels
Well into October, Catalonia takes on a very special smell when the chestnuts start being sold on the street. Their crackling while they’re being roasted and the orange colour of the sweet potatoes are part of the autumn landscape of towns and cities.
The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc during the pyromusical / Photo: Dbascones a la Wikimedia Commons
This year is special for the Festes de la Mercè: it’s the 150th anniversary of Barcelona’s main festival since the city council started organising it. It was in 1871 that a celebration for the people of the city with cultural activities was established. To celebrate this anniversary, popular culture plays an important role in this year's programme.
Roses / Photo: Teresa Grau (CC)
Sant Jordi (Saint George) is the patron saint of Catalonia, and his day is a festival that over the years has acquired a tone of protest for Catalan culture. It is also the Catalan equivalent of Valentine's Day.
La plaça Sant Jaume plena a vessar durant una jornada de castells
In addition to its rich heritage, Barcelona and Catalonia in general, have important cultural traditions that we invite you to discover. Centuries of history have shaped festivals, traditions and popular celebrations that are still deeply rooted in the territory and its people today. We want to share this with all those who visit us! Currently, the health crisis caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus prevents us from celebrating our festivities in normal circumstances; however, we hope that very soon we will be able to celebrate again as we have always done.