La Mercè Festival, Barcelona: History and tradition

La Mercè Festival, Barcelona: History and tradition By on Sep 23, 2021 in Europe, Events, Regions, Spain, Travel Miscellany, Western Europe

La Mercè is an annual festival that takes place in Barcelona, Spain. It has been an official city holiday since 1871, when the local government first organised a program of special activities to observe the Roman Catholic feast day of Our Lady of Mercy, or La Mare de Déu de la Mercè in Catalan.

The festival is held in September each year and includes parades, fire runs, castellers (human towers), a projection show, and traditional dances. It is the catalan capital’s way of saying farewell to the warmer months and ending the summer season with a bang. For those travelling to Barcelona around this time, it’s an unmissable opportunity to experience Catalan culture and to get involved

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