Gegantes, Castellers and Fire – Oh My!! La Merce 2013

One of the reasons that Meghan came this particular week was because it was La Merce weekend.  La Merce has been celebrated in Barcelona (it is a local holiday) since 1871 to celebrate the Roman Catholic feast day of Our Lady of Mercy.

And while I’m sure there are some religious undertones here, this long weekend is filled with many other traditions that I absolutely love including gegantes (giants), castellers (human towers) and of course, the correfoc (fire run).  This is probably my favorite weekend in Barcelona and while we missed it last year to go to Oktoberfest in Munich, we’ve been here for 3 other years – and honestly if you have to choose between Oktoberfest and La Merce, do La Merce.  Seriously. Continue reading

A Fire Filled Weekend – La Merce

Once again it’s that time of year, La Merce.  And like last year, this is a festival that gets me really excited – it’s tradition reaches back hundreds of years and it is a celebration that is truly Catalan in nature.  From the gegantes to the castellers and of course, the correfoc, there are festivities for the old and young alike that last all weekend long. Continue reading