The Festa Major in Gràcia is the most important event of the year that takes place in Vila de Gràcia. It is held from August 15th to 21st August, although the proclamation takes place the day before. There are also lots of events and celebrations the day before this festival begins.
Although its origins date back to the first half of the nineteenth century, the reality is that its popularity has grown exponentially in recent years. So much so that, today, the festival is not just celebrated in Gràcia but also in Camp d'en Grassot i Gràcia Nova. In fact, the Festa Major is so popular that it has extended to the surrounding administrative neighbourhoods of Gràcia and beyond.
Throughout the week of Festa Major, lots of activities flood the streets of Gràcia neighborhood. The atmosphere is fun and really interesting. In fact, it is common to find countless concerts in the streets. Gaining special importance are the brass bands that can be seen everywhere, brightening the day and night of those who come to the place to enjoy the celebration.
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Meanwhile, one of the most traditional aspects of this festival is the decorating contest in streets and balconies, by which neighbours strive to decorate the outside of their homes. The decorations are probably because of the fantastic prizes that can be won.
Another special tradition that deserves a mention is the Gràcia Giants. It is an event held since 1984. Giant figures take to the streets and carry out the typical Catalan dance. This is undoubtedly one of the highlights of Festa Major.
But if there is an event that greatly marks the Festa Major de Gràcia, it has to be the contest of Castellers, ie, the formation of human towers that use special techniques and balance to stand on top of one another. Every so often, you can watch this spectacle on TV. Although the tradition is quite old, it has become popular since 1998, at which time the independent Gràcia district had already joined Barcelona.