Sardana and Castellers!

A famous dance from Catalonia is th “Sardana“, the catalan national dance. The Etrusks and the antique Greeks also danced this dance! So it seems to be a very old dance!

The Sardanadancers join together with holding hands and raising arms, forming circles that grows more and more, as more people join in. When the circle grows too big, more circles are formed. A leader is followed, who leads the movement. People from all walks of life and in all ages join in to the dance, to show that they are primarily catalans and united in this dance. The dance is said to be a symbol of catalan unity and pride.

I advice you to see the dance rather than to join in, since the steps are very precise and you can put the whole circle out of step! How embarrasing wouldn’t it be, both for you and the dancers if someone not catalan or a tourist messes it all up! Uff!

Another cool catalan tradition is the “Castellers“, human castles! It sounds really dangerous and crazy, and probably also is, but not if you are catalan! The reason why this tradition even started is still unclear, but it is over 200 year old. To watch this probably can make you a bit nervous or emotional, but it’s an unforgottable experience, I recommend you to see it during your stay here in Barcelona!

To see “Sardana” in Barcelona, head to a festival like “Sant Joan”, on Saturday evenings in the summer it can be shows in front of the Cathedral of Barcelona. Also Plaza Jaume I on Sunday evening may be a hotspot. To see Castellers, you should also head to a festival, sometimes posters are put up around the city with these events. If you don’t find anyone of these catalan traditions in Barcelona or around, try the official tourism site.


~ by barca2and4elly on March 4, 2009.

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