A weekend full of culture and celebration. Enjoy the start of Feria de Abril and celebrate Sant Jordi!
Feria de Abril 2022
Barcelona’s version of the famous Feria de Abril, spans ten days and will take place in Parc del Fòrum from April 22nd to May 1st.
The fair first took place in the Catalan capital following huge migration of people from Andalucía during the Sixties and Seventies. Spanning 10 days, the event will feature rows of casetas (marquees) playing sevillanas and other traditional music from Andalucía, classic dishes, women dressed in flamenco costumes and men wearing jackets typical of the region.
Find out more about the times here!
Saint George's Day
Sant Jordi, or St. George, is the patron saint of Catalonia and the Diada de Sant Jordi, St George’s Day, is a festive occasion that has become a celebration of Catalan culture. Many balconies in the city are decorated with the Catalan flag. It is a celebration of culture and love, represented by books and roses. The main meeting point in Barcelona is the Rambla, which is packed from end to end with book and flower stalls.
On Sant Jordi’s day it is normal to find books in every language that talk about Catalonia but there are lots of stalls that specialise in books in Catalan, especiallly as this day is seen as a time for promoting and defending the Catalan language and culture.
The Festa de Sant Jordi is held across the country on 23rd April, the day St. George died. He was under the orders of the Roman emperor Diocletian and refused to obey a command to persecute Christians, so he was martyred and decapitated. Very soon he started to be revered as a martyr and fantastical stories about him began to circulate.
Go check out this celebration in the city and get a rose or a book for yourself!