Enormous giants walking through the streets of Barcelona, dragons breathing fire, devils dancing around in mayhem, curious creatures and people building human towers. If you think that I’m talking about something from another world, then you have got it wrong. Every September, Catalonia’s wonderful capital city Barcelona is turned into a dream world of fantasy. I hope you are ready because the Mercè 2009 has just kicked off!
The 23rd and 27th of September are the dates where you can experience all kinds of music, art and a world of the most important traditional and cultural events in the Catalan calendar. Barcelona is offering like every year the last great festival before the start of Autumn. The celebrations of the Mare de Déu de la Mercè is also called Fiesta Mayor, a festival of festivals which will enthrall everyone with hundreds of events and activities spread out through the whole city of Barcelona.
There are many Catalan traditions which remain firm favourites of the festival. The castells, for example, will be place in a variety of different public places such as Plaça St.Jaume where the town hall is. There you will experience with your own eyes people building incredible human towers. You also have to hold your breath as a little girl or boy reaches the top of the castell and holds aloft a handkerchief!
The Correfoc is another spectacular event. It’s a cultural and traditional parade in Catalonia which takes place in the evening time and where many people get dressed up as scary demons and night creatures and dance and jump around the spectacular firework display. You can be part of a breathtaking ceremony full of energy and vibrant rhythms.
The parades of the famous gegants which are huge giants made from paper maché remain true to the long traditional history of Catalonia which you will see many times during the week of the Mercè 2009. You will get to enjoy a unique and special atmosphere accompanied by traditional flute and drum music. It’s just an amazing event full of happiness and is really quite special.
An entertaining and breathtaking programme is just waiting for you. Rent the best apartments in Barcelona and spend an unforgettable week in Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia.