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Ball de Bastons - Catalan Stick dance

Ball de Bastons - Catalan Stick dance Ball de Bastons - Stick dancing. The dance of the sticks called "Ball de Bastons." This is a Catalan folk dancefold  and the dancers are called Bastoners. The origins are not clear, but it probably can be traced back to battles fought with sword ...
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Bestiari Historic de Barcelona

Bestiari Historic de Barcelona Bestiari Historic de Barcelona. The “Bestiari Historic de Barcelona” (bestiary of Barcelona) is a collection of stories or legends based on real and imaginary animal figures and an important part of Barcelona and Catalunya cultural tradition. Papier- ...
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Castells and Castellers - human tower builiding Popular

Castells and Castellers - human tower builiding Catalan traditions - Castellers - Castells - Human Tower building. Els Castellers de Barcelona. The Barcelona "colla" (group) of "castellers" (human-tower builders) celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2009. They were re-founded in 1969 making it the ...
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Coblas - sardanes band

Coblas - sardanes band The 'cobla' is the name of the woodwind band that plays for the sardana dances. Sardanes is a traditional dance of Catalonia. So whereever you see Sardanes dancing, they will be accompanied by a cobla woodwind band.     Article about ...
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Correfoc - fireruns Popular

Correfoc - fireruns Correfoc means "firerun" in Catalan. The correfoc is a very popular Catalan tradition always seen at neighbourhood fiestas. It consists of "colles de diables" which means "groups of devils" chasing and dancing to the beat of drums and spewing out spa ...
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Falcons de Catalunya - human towers

Falcons de Catalunya - human towers Another kind of human tower building is called the Falcon discipline named after a Czech tradition called "Sökol" which means falcon. Falcon structures were popular in Catalunya at the beginning of the 20th century, but then fell out of favour. In Ba ...
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Gegants i capgrossos - giants and big heads Popular

Gegants i capgrossos - giants and big heads Gegants i capgrossos - giants and big heads. In Spanish and Catalan festivals you can often see "gegants i capgrossos" (Catalan) or "gigantes y cabezudos" (Spanish) which means "giants and big heads." Gegants and Capgrossos are papier-maché figures. ...
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Glossary of Catalan festival traditions

Glossary of Catalan festival traditions Wirdhem in Vilanova has put together a great list with Catalan names and English explanations of many of the traditions that you can see at many festa major celebrations and other tradition festival in Barcelona and Catalunya Pictures of Catalan trad ...
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Grallers - pipers

Grallers - pipers Catalan traditions - grallers - piper. The Gralla is a piped woodwind instrument played in small groups by "Grallers" during processions and parades in Catalan traditional fiestas and events. Pictures of Catalan traditions from Festa de Gracia  ...
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La Senyera - flag of Catalunya

La Senyera - flag of Catalunya La Senyera is the name of the Catalan flag. It means  "signal flag" in the Catalan language. The design is four stripes on a golden background from the coat of arms of the Crown of Aragon. You will see many Catalan flags flying on the 11 Septemb ...
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Sardanas dance

Sardanas dance Las Sardanas dancing Barcelona. The Sardana dance is the traditional folk dance of Catalonia. The sardana is closed circle dance typical to the region of Catalonia. The sardana dance originated in the north eastern Empordà region of Catalonia and its ...
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Trabucaires - armed "bandits"

Trabucaires - armed "bandits" Trabucaires are groups of Catalan "bandits" in traditional costumes with a blunderbuss gun called "un trabuc" in Catalan. They take part in many Catalan festivals and use their blunderbuss gun to shoot in the air at the start of festivals or in parad ...
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