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Dancing eggs Corpus Christi Barcelona

A wonderful Corpus Christi tradition in Barcelona is to make an egg dance on a jet of water. It is called 'l'ou com balla' in Catalan, which means 'dancing egg.'  You can see a dancing egg in several places in Barcelona at cloister fountains, patios and gardens of public and private buildings from during Barcelona's Corpus Christi festival from 10:00 to 20:00.

The dancing eggs in the pictures below are from the Arxiu Històric de la ciutat in the "Casa de l'Ardiaca" on Plaça Nova and from the cloisters of Barcelona Cathedral La Seu. More dancing Eggs can also be seen in Barcelona at fountains 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 Ateneu Barcelonès, the cloisters of the Santa Anna church and Puríssima Concepció churches and the Pedralbes Monastery. Find dates of Corpus Christi Barcelona 
Dancing egg Corpus Christi

No-one knows how the dancing egg tradition started, but it has been part of Corpus Christi in Barcelona as far back as 1637. Some think it is merely a game with water started by bored noblemen in the mansions on Carrer Montcada to amuse themselves while waiting for the corpus Christi procession to come by.

l'ou com balla Casa de l'Ardiaca

dancing egg Barcelona

Dancing egg Casa de l'Ardiaca

Dancing egg Casa de l'Ardiaca

Dancing egg Barcelona

Casa de l'Ardiaca dancing egg

For another wonderful Corpus Christi experiences (and dancing eggs) you might also consider visiting the nearby seaside town of Sitges for the Sitges Flower carpet festival in June every year

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