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EVENTS

Public Holidays

May 1 - Labour Day
Jan 1 - New Year's Day
Sep 11 - Catalan National Day
Aug 15 - Feast of the Assumption
Mar/Apr - Good Friday
Jan 6 - Reis (Epiphany or Three Kings Day)
Mar/Apr - Easter Monday
Jun 24 - Feast of St John the Baptist
May/Jun - Whit Monday
Oct 12 - Spanish National Day
Sep 24 - Festes de la Mercè
Dec 6 - Constitution Day
Dec 26 - Boxing Day or St Stephen's Day
Dec 25 - Christmas Day
Dec 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Annual Events

January

Dia de Reyes (Three Kings Day) – January 6th, gift giving festival with firework displays
Festes dels Tres Tombs – January 17th, part of the district festival of Sant Antoni Abat

February

Feast of Santa Eulàlia – parades of 'gigantes' (medieval dances)

March

Carnival – this carnival is held at the beginning of Lenten season and there are also a series of religious festivals

April

Feast of Sant Jordi (Diada de San Jordi)– April 23rd, book stalls are set up and flowers are exchanged by couples
Feast of Virgin of Montserrat – choir singing and 'sardana' dancing

May

Corpus Christi – carpets of flowers, processions and a 'dancing egg' is balanced on the cathedral's fountain
Dia de Sant Ponc – a herb fair in Carrer de l'Hospital, with fresh herbs, flowers, cakes, sweets and aromatic oils

June

Feast of Sant Joan – June 23rd to 24th – with fireworks and general feasting
Grec Festival – end of June / beginning of July, this is a festival of theatre and music of all descriptions
Sonar – celebration of electronic music (claimed to be Europe's biggest event of this kind)
Gay and Lesbian Festival – around June 28th, this festival features a parade starting at the Placa de l'Universat on the Saturday evening

July

Gaude Home - popular men's fashion show

August

Assumption Festa Major – August 15th to 21st, celebrations and local parties in the streets of Gracia during the week leading up to Assumption

September

La Diada – Catalan national day with many demonstrations and much flag waving
Mare de Dèu de la Mercé (Our Lady of Mercy)– week of celebrations to in honour of Barcelona's patron
BAM – around September 24th, free musical performances for the Feste de Mercé, taking place in the squares, city centre and waterfront

October

Textile Exhibition – mid October
Festival de Tardor – October to November, classical and contemporary theatre, music, dance, cabaret and exhibitions

November

Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona – lasting for about a week and many large venues in the city, this jazz festival features many international jazz musicians

December

Christmas Fairs – many fairs and Christmas markets selling figurines and festive goods outside the cathedral and at Sagrada Familia
Swimming cup - December 25th, annual Christmas swimming cup where people dive into the icy waters of the port
New Year's Eve – general festivities and parties throughout Barcelona

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