Among many things which make Barcelona so famous and attractive we have to mention various fiesta (festivals) taking place during the year; in which La Merce Festival is considered as the peak!
The festival is celebrated to honor the city’s patroness saint: La Merce (Lady of Mercy). It manages to gain fame and prestige thanks to its special activities which can be found nowhere else. The first one should be introduced is Castellers (human tower): as for its name, Castellers aims to build a tower, as high as possible, not by bricks but by the participation of many people and in the top of the tower will be a young child. It requires lots of practices, preparations and concentrations. Castellers’s uniqueness is marked by UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritages of Humanity.
Another activity that becomes the trade mark of La Merce is Gigantes (the giant parade). Many wooden giants which are several meter tall and dressed up like King, Queen, Saints will march along the city, the procession often accompanies with drums and flutes and attracts thousands of people taking part in.
Correfoc (fire run) is also a highlight of the festival. It’s divided into 2 parts for children and adult that indeed contains some differences. To put it in brief, adult part is much more exciting, colorful and a little bit more “dangerous”. A distinguished group will dress up like devils and light fireworks, fire breathing dragons will join them and try to scare the crowd with lots of fireworks and bangers. Wonder why it’s a little bit dangerous, actually these devils and dragons will spray sparkle flames directly into people!!!Imagine it!!You’re covered by a shower of sparkle flames!! That’s why people are strongly recommended to wear properly in order to fully enjoy the correfoc.
Also many other activities will take place during the festival such as a marathon race, live concerts, dancing…
This year La Merce will be held from 22 to 25 of September and expected more than 2000 artists taking part in, with more than 600 events!
Check out the video below to partially feel the joy and excitement the festival can offer:
See you there!