The festa major de Sants in Barcelona is a very important festival that's celebrated in the streets of Sants. Originating in the nineteenth century, particularly in 1852, these holidays are celebrated in the honour of San Bartolomé.
The duration of the holidays is usually one week from 20th to 28th August 2016. Regarded as the second best parties in town after the Gracia festival, they are ideal for a very wide range of audience, from the smallest children to young people and adults of all ages.
The most striking and representative element of the party is the impressively beautiful decoration in every street of the neighbourhood, where all the neighbours have been involved. Every year, the streets are decorated with original features and different themes. The locals revive their popular culture by wearing traditional costumes such as gegants, castellers and devils.
These fantastic parties, as organised by residents of the neighbourhood associations, have numerous events including, cultural and gastronomic workshops.
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These are some of the highlights of the party:
- The first fireworks that take place early in the morning announce the start of the party and call for people to come out.
- The CremaPicaPuja is a themed treasure hunt, aiming to raise awareness about the Catalan culture and its many famous towers. This is where you can hear the sound of percussion or drums from a distance.
- Correfoc lasts all day and consists of walking the streets of the neighbourhood among people dressed as devils. You can participate in parades and perform all kinds of activities with these devils.
- The parade consists of giant dancers who make a musical journey through the neighbourhood's streets with several music bands.
It is also worth noting that children can have just as much fun as adults at these parties. There is a wide range of sporting events for kids as well as workshops and competitions.
Another highlight of this event is the presence of free live music throughout the day and night. There are different genres and styles that you will hear, including: folk, latin, and pop music.
The existence of food stalls along the streets of this district makes Festa Major de Sants a must for foodies. Butifarrada, sardinada, concurso de tortillas and vermut are some of the most popular dishes that are served.
Barcelona is a beautiful city full of life and activities. It's a good excuse to get away for the summer and come to the popular Festa Major de Sants. You can learn a lot about this popular tradition and enjoy its unique atmosphere.