Traditional Catalan dance. People meet in front of the cathedral on
Sundays to dance it.
The "castells" are impressive human towers of up to 9 "floors". They
originated in the Tarragona region, although they can be seen in popular
festivals in Barcelona, especially during the "Mercè".
George (Sant Jordi), patron saint of Catalonia: On 23 April the
Catalans celebrate Saint George's day by offering a rose and/or book,
and the main shopping streets of Barcelona are filled with book stands.
of Saint John's: On the 23 June, the summer solstice is celebrated
with big bonfires, firecrackers and fireworks, and people eat the traditional
"coca de Sant Joan" (a pastry).
festival: This is the festival for Barcelona's patron saint, held
in the week of the 24 September, the day of La Mercè. All kinds of activities
are organized, for all tastes and all ages. Of particular interest is
the "correfoc" (fire-breathing dragons from all over Catalonia), and
the pyrotechnical music show (fireworks and classical music next to
the Montjuïc fountains).