Corpus Christi
L'ou com Balla • Barcelona

From: Barcelona Festivals and Events 2016-2017

See also: Barcelona CathedralSagrada Familia


Corpus Christi, Barcelona
This Roman Catholic festival celebrates the Holy Eucharist and is widely observed with events such as street processions, flower carpets, mass and the L'ou com Balla.

The religious procession's often begin from Barcelona Cathedral in the Gothic Quarter where you'll be able to observe participants young and old in traditional dress often carrying candles accompanied by plenty of dancing, music and people dressed up as giants, beasts and big heads.

The L'ou com Balla also known as the Dancing Egg can be observed at several locations throughout the city, in particular within the cloister at Barcelona Cathedral.

The L'ou com Balla involves the placing of an egg which has been emptied and filled with wax, over the water jet of the fountain which causes the egg to remain within the jet of water visually dancing, the fountains are often beautifully decorated with plenty of colourful flowers which add to this unique event.

Carpets of carefully laid out flowers are also an impressive decorative element to this festival with a few examples found around the Gothic Quarter as well plenty more 25 miles away to the west of Barcelona at Stiges where there are many more flower carpet examples, processions and events taking place.

Date Of Corpus Christi
The Feast of Corpus Christi is a moveable feast that takes place on the first Thursday following Trinity Sunday.

Location
The L'ou com Balla can be observed at Barcelona Cathedral and many of the processions take place around the Gothic Quarter of the city.

Travel Guide
Barcelona Cathedral can be reached by subway station Juame l (L4) or by bus to Via Laietana (17, 19, 40, 45 and N8). Sitges is around 25 miles to the west of the city and can be reached by bus, car or train.


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