Friday, September 21, 2012

Fiestas de la Mercé 2012 ... and the virgin behind it all.

It’s time for another round of big fiestas here in Barcelona. We never get bored here, as one event  follows the next almost all year round. This time, it’s the Patron Saint of Barcelona who’s being celebrated. La Virgen de la Merced (Spanish) / Mare de Deu de la Mercé Vendrell (Catalan).

Her day is September 24th. But the celebration starts on September 21st with yet another festival with lots of things happening all over the city. Concerts, entertainment, castellers, correfoc’s, fireworks and more- all free to the public.

This virgin was taken out around the old barrio gotico on Sunday in a procession and me and my friend who were visiting happened to stumble upon it. It reminded me of the procession I was so lucky to experience in Málaga last year in September, at the Día de Nuestra señora de la Victoria, for the patron saint of Málaga.

I had never seen a catholic procession like this before and it certainly made a deep impact on me. The one in Málaga was definitely bigger and more impressive, but it was interesting to see how they do it in Barcelona too with the city's Patron Saint. 




The complete program for the Fiestas de la Mercé can be found here.I just read through it and am super excited about the wide cultural offer for the next days. Happy weekend all!


6 comments:

  1. That looks absolutely beautiful!

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    1. It is! Barcelona is, and these kinds of old traditions are really great to experience!

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  2. I think it must be very moving to see such a historic procession! It must be nice to be in a city that celebrates so many traditions in such a fun way!

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    1. On the spot! We don't have anything like this in Norway and it's so ceremonial and beautiful!

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  3. Beautiful. You've got me yearning for travel today.

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