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Corpus Christi 2017 Barcelona

L'ou com Balla -  dancing eggs

Corpus Christi dates: Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th May 2017 (dates not confirmed)
Location: Parade start/finish Av de la Catedral by Barcelona cathedral in Gothic area

Corpus Christi Barcelona 2017. Festivitat del Corpus Christi. El día del Corpus Christi is on Thursday 15th June 2017. Corpus Christi is Latin for Body of Christ and is a Catholic festival to honour the Eucharist. The date of Corpus Christi Barcelona changes every year. The Corpus Christi festival is one of Barcelona´s oldest celebrations and have taken place in Barcelona since the year 1320. 

There are two Corpus Christi processions in Barcelona, which are the Corpus Christi giant's dance procession (Seguici popular de Barcelona i ball dels gegants de Corpus).  The Corpus Christi processions feature traditional figures like giants (gegants) and the Barcelona animal legend figures of the Eagle, Lion, Dragon, Ox and other animals, as well as traditional Catalan music ensembles. The giant´s ball or dance procession route usually starts at Plaça de Sant Jaume, then down Carrer del Bisbe to finish at Plaça Nova.   

Then the Corpus procession called Processó de Corpus Christi starts from Avinguda de la Catedral in front of Barcelona 'La Seu' cathedral and then goes to Plaça Nova, Carrer dels Arcs, Portal de l'Àngel, Carrer Comtal, Via Laietana, and Carrer de Joaquim Pou before finishing back at Barcelona cathedral. See the full route in the Corpus Programme in the links below.

Dancing Egg Barcelona - l'ou com balla

A wonderful Corpus Christi tradition is to make an egg dance on a jet of water. No-one quite knows how this started, but it has been part of Corpus Christi in Barcelona since 1637. It is called l'ou com balla in Catalan, which means the dancing egg.  You can see dancing eggs in around 14 places from 10am to 8pm in Barcelona at cloister fountains, patios and gardens of public and private buildings during Corpus Christi.

Dancing Egg locations Barcelona

The "Dancing Egg" locations are usually at the Reial Acadèmia de Bones Lletres, the Poble Espanyol Spanish village, the Museo Frederic Marès, the Arxiu de la Corona d'Aragó,  the Palau del Lloctinent in Plaça del Rei, the Arxiu Històric de la ciutat in the old Casa de l'Ardiaca,  the cloisters of Barcelona cathedral La Seu, the Ateneu Barcelonès, the cloisters of the Santa Anna  and the Puríssima Concepció churches and the Pedralbes monastery

In the Les Corts area of Barcelona you can see a traditional Corpus Christi flower carpet (catifa de flors) on the Plaça Concòrdia - or to see many flower carpets visit Sitges just south of Barcelona on Sunday 18th June 2017 for the Sitges flower carpet festival 

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Corpus Christi 2017 Barcelona
15.06.2017 - 18.06.2017
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