Corpus Christi has been one of the biggest and most important annual events in Barcelona for centuries and this year will be no different! In honour of the holy communion, this religious festival is celebrated primarily with lively processions and traditional dances which are truly spectacular to see. We wish you a lovely stay at our hotel for family in Barcelona!

The Corpus Christi parades in Barcelona are fantastic to watch. Image via Flickr, lin padgham, CC 2.0

In 2017, Corpus Christi will be held from Thursday, June 15th to Sunday, June 18th. And if you’re lucky enough to be visiting the city on these dates, here are some must-see events you won’t want to miss!

The Processó de Corpus Christi is the more religious of the two. Image via Flickr, Jordi Boixareu, CC 2.0

Processó de Corpus Christi (The Corpus Christi Procession)

This religious procession is the more solemn and serious of the two. It begins in front of La Seu cathedral in Avinguda de la Catedral and winds its way through Plaça Nova, Carrer dels Arcs, Portal de l’Àngel, Carrer Comtal, Via Laietana, and Carrer de Joaquim Pou, before returning to its starting point. You can expect to see many participants wearing religious attire and carrying statues of Christ.

Some giants from a Corpus Christi parade in Barcelona. Image via Flickr, Monsieur Poulet, CC 2.0

Seguici Popular de Barcelona i Ball Dels Gegants de Corpus (Corpus Christi Giants´ Dance Procession)

Much more light-hearted than the previous one, this procession begins at Plaça de Sant Jaume and passes through Carrer del Bisbe before ending in Plaça Nova. As well as the feel-good music and lively dancing, this procession is best known for the famous gegants (giants). These larger than life models represent people of great importance and powerful animals, such as eagles, lions, dragons and oxen.

People dancing the Baile de Sardanas in the street. Image via Flickr, calafellvalo, CC 2.0

El Baile de Sardanas (The Dance of the Sardanas)

Held each year on Thursday 7pm at the Plaza de Sant Jaume, this event showcases a traditional dance that goes back a long way in Barcelona. A group of people wearing typical clothing hold hands and dance in a circle to live music played by a band on 10 wind instruments, a double bass and a small drum.

A decorated fountain with L’Ou Com Balla. Image via Flickr, Xavier Caballe, CC 2.0

L’Ou Com Balla (The Egg that Dances)

This tradition is as strange as it sounds. Search around Barcelona’s churches, gardens, courtyards and public buildings and you’ll usually find fountains decorated in beautiful floral displays spouting coloured water. Look carefully at the top of the water and you’ll see what appears to be a dancing egg. There’s very little known about this unusual tradition, but most theories say that the egg represents Christ, fertility or rebirth. Some of the best L’Ou Com Balla can be seen at Reial Acadèmia de Bones Lletres, around La Seu cathedral and in Poble Espanyol.

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