Corpus Christi Barcelona 2018
Corpus Christi Barcelona
Corpus Christi, an antique festival with more than 600 years of history, is arriving in Barcelona from May 31 to June 3. For a perfect accomodation, BCN Apartment Rentals offers you the best luxury apartments in the heart of Barcelona, with the best design, location, security and comfort.
The Corpus Christi procession, which has been held in Barcelona since 1320, is part of the city’s cultural heritage. For centuries this musical parade has been the real annual festival, now it has given rise to numerous dances and festival-imagery figures: the “gegants”, or giants, the “capgrossos”, or big heads, the “bestiari”, or beasts, dances and intermezzos created by the popular imagination on display in the showcase that the Corpus Christi procession has historically been. The highlight of the Corpus Christi Festivities is the procession with the giant figures such as the City, Pi and Santa Maria del Mar, the Eagle, the Lion and the Ox. They will be joined by a variety of dancing, music and other popular cultural elements, including “trabucaires”, the Coronela militia, the “falcons” (acrobatic human-tower makers) and “moixiganga” dancers.
The Corpus Christi Barcelona procession will be held on Sunday June 3. A variety of characters will set off from the City Hall courtyard on 6.30 pm, accompanied by music, After the presentations and dances, the festival procession will make its way up Carrer del Bisbe up to Pla de la Seu. There the ecclesiastic procession will join up with the festival procession, with the unique Custodia on the throne of King Martí under the floral crown.
Another one peculiarity of Corpus Christi in Barcelona is the tradition of a dancing egg, or "L'ou com balla", one of the most unusual traditions that has marked the Corpus Christi celebrations since 1637. It is a custom that consists of making chicken eggs dance on top of the spouts of water issuing from the fountains in the cloisters, patios and gardens, which are adorned for the occasion with floral arrangements and cherries. The tradition, as unsophisticated as it is mysterious, arouses passions among scholars, who still argue about its origins and meaning. For some it is a metaphor of the cycle of life and a reference to time and unceasing movement. Others see in it a simple entertainment typical of the Middle Ages. You can see the dancing eggs in about 15 places in Barcelona from 10am to 8pm at small fountains, patios and gardens of public and private buildings during Corpus Christi days.
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