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La Diada de Sant Jordi

La Diada de Sant Jordi

Rambla de Catalunya is lined with stalls selling books and roses La Diada de Sant Jordi (Sant Jordi’s Day) takes place each year on April 23rd. Sant Jordi is the Catalan name of Saint George, the patron saint of Catalonia and also England, Greece, Romania and Georgia. The tradition of giving roses on Sant Jordi […]

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La Mercè

La Mercè is the annual festival of the city of Barcelona, an official holiday since 1871. The tradition of building human towers, called ‘castells’ originated in Valls, near the city of Tarragona, towards the end of the 18th century.   La Cavalcada de Gegants de la Mercè – the ‘Parade of Giants’ is one of the […]

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