Tió de Nadal

The “Tió de Nadal“, meaning in English “Christmas Log”, also known simply as “Tió”, is a Catalan Christmas tradition which is very well established among families. In the last years the original tradition has been changing. In the past it was a hollow and burnt piece of cut wood or log taken from the fireplace… Read More


Poster for 2013 Festes de la Merce

La Mercè is the Festa Major of Barcelona, when we celebrate the Saint’s Day of Our Lady of Mercy, La Mare de Déu de la Mercè. It has been an official city holiday since 1871, which first consisted of a Roman Catholic festivity commemorating St. Mercè on 24 September. The opening speech will be given… Read More


The Born Cultural Center

El Born Cultural Center is a unique and exceptional place that brings together three centuries of our history. Below the cast-iron structure of the iconic 19th century marketplace lies the Barcelona of 1700, the prosperous city that suffered the siege of 1714 and that put up an epic and heroic resistance before Catalonia’s national liberties were… Read More


bobin lace

  Catalonia has preserved a great variety of arts and trades. All over the region traditional trades like lace cushion making, especially in Arboç, or palm leaves and ‘palmons’ (whitened palm leaf displayed on Palm Sunday) are still practiced. The trade of basket making or pottery and tile making has not been lost either, with… Read More


Castellers - Human towers

  Castells – Human Towers Castells (castles) are the towers that the Castellers build in town squares using their own bodies. All kind of people take part in a Castell, regardless of age or size. Castellers form colles, which are associations of people who train and prepare the castells together. Each Castell is made up… Read More


Rosa de Sant Jordi

Saint George is not only the patron saint of England but of Catalonia too. For that reason, April 23 is a day of big celebration. Although it is not a holiday day, people live it as if it was. On the day of St. George there is the tradition of giving women a rose as… Read More


Chocolate

The origins of chocolate can be found in Mexico, most likely in 1500 BC. Both the Mayans and the Aztecs had consumed cocoa mixed with water and other plants during ceremonies held by the high classes. The Aztecs even used it as a currency unit, and associated it with the goddess of fertility. It was… Read More