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Carnival in Barcelona


Carnivals are very popular in many countries of the world and Spain is no exception! The Spanish are very happy and cheerful people and they always make the holidays for any reason – in large cities and small towns, for a given area of the city and even for one street! And of course the traditional February carnival. which in Catalonia is called Carnestoltes is a great occasion to have fun and plenty to eat before a 40-day fasting. Perhaps this is why the word “carnival” is associated with the Latin word “caro” meat and “vale” farewell. By order of the dictator Franco, from 1936 to 1980 in Barcelona carnivals were banned, but now there are parades take place in different cities, and even the smallest village is sure to suit your carnival.

Carnival parades are held in all parts of the city and their main task is to recreate the traditional celebrations of Catalonia, which have their roots in the fourteenth century. Across the city at this time are many big and small events.

Traditionally, the carnival begins on “Fat Thursday” (Dijous Gras ),with the arrival in the city 7 Kings, gdk each of the kings is one of the “villages”.On this day in the city, different contests and competitions how to prepare delicious dishes, and eating, and for children organizing contests for the best costume with sweet prizes. There is a contest for baking the famous Spanish omelette – tortilla, potato and all kinds of additives ( sweet pepper, ham, etc.). In the squares and markets are huge vats and grills. where stew and fried traditional Spanish sausages – chorizo and butifarra, and where everyone can have a go with different side dishes and wine.

In the resurrection are carnival parades, a masquerade ball and “orange battle” -“Trancada”. And the main tool here are the color and the smell, and not oranges. While passing through the streets of the cavalcade, ambassadors and their servants and all the participants of the carnival dropped balloons and confetti bright orange color.

Rounding out the carnival traditional “funeral of the sardine” – ritual. similar to our burning of effigies of the Carnival! In the city, on the last day of the carnival shows “mourners” in black mourning clothes, they weep and mourn “the sardine”, whose impressive size replica is in a coffin. Then the “sardine” put fire over the town, and flashes of colorful fireworks and start a real feast! On the steel sheets on the braziers mountains of fish fry and distributed free of charge to all present. On the last day of carnival on the fire just burn the figure of the Carnival King, who is responsible for everything bad. what happened during the year and embodying the sins of power.

The tradition of “burying the sardine” appeared in Spain in the seventeenth century, during the reign of Carlos III, when the authorities of the city during one of the carnivals, decided to treat the people of sardines in the Palace of Casa de Campo. They were purchased on the North coast

The Mediterranean sea, but the ship with sardines was slow, and on February trouble was too warm in Madrid and fish arrived. not the first freshness. On the streets there was a peculiar smell and the police ordered as soon as possible get rid of the fish.Merchants, who themselves took part in the carnival, gave the sardine lavish funeral, which was the end of the carnival. Under a mourning melody orchestra and humorous laments, they solemnly gave the sardine land. Since, the festival people free was pouring the wine, the appearance of stale sardines, no one has caused outrage, and a new tradition to conclude the carnival “funeral of the sardine” remained to our time.

Who wants to see a bright carnival, similar to the carnival in Rio de Janeiro, that it is necessary to go to the town of Sitges, just 30 minutes ‘ drive from Barcelona. In the town, won fame cozy refuge for lovers of gay couples from around the world of Carnival. which in importance is second ,after the famous carnival in Tenerife, in Santa Cruz.

For a whole week the city turns into a parade of flashy, colorful and challenging characters in stunning costumes that are trying to impress the townsfolk their individuality and only here you can really dive into this crazy, wild atmosphere of carnival fun, slightly wicked and slightly depraved.

In General. the carnival in Sitges, this is a carnival for adults, where a crazy crowd gathers for the purpose to let off some steam! Because in the carnival procession is attended by about 2,000 people from 35 different carnival groups and collect up to 35 thousand spectators.

So, if you want to eat, heartily have fun and dance, to get acquainted with the hospitality of the locals – visit Barcelona at the carnival! The Spaniards are very fond of tourists from Russia, probably because only our tourists can along with them to drink, eat and be merry day and night and so for a whole week!