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L’Ou com Balla – Corpus Christi : Dancing Egg

Start Date : 07/06/2012
End Date : 07/06/2012

Phone : 933 428 260
Email : secretaria@catedralbcn.e.telefonica.net

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The Egg and How It Dances

This curious tradition is one hundred percent from Barcelona and it takes place on the day of Corpus. As its name suggests, it consists of making an egg “dance” upon the source of the fountains found in cloisters, courtyards or gardens.

To ensure that the egg doesn’t fall, the “trick” is to put the whole shell of an empty egg. The fountains are decorated with flowers and fruits. The Day of the Corpus Christi is a Catholic holiday that is dedicated to the commemoration of the institution of the Eucharist. In Barcelona there are several places in which to enjoy the tradition of “L’Ou com balla”. Some venues include the Cathedral of Barcelona, el Poble
Espanyol (the Spanish Village), the Frederic Marès Museum (Sant Iu plaza), the Parish of Santa Anna, (3, Rivadeneyra Street), the Casa de l’Ardiaca (1, Santa Llúcia Street), the Ateneu Barcelonès (6, Canuda Street), the Parish of the Puríssima Concepció (299, Aragó Street) or the Reial Acadèmia de Bones Lletres (3, Bisbe Caçador Street).

Barcelona 16th-century Cathedral, Barcelona, Spain
3 Pla de la Seu, Barrí Gòtic Barcelona Cataluña 08002, Spain

Emptied eggshells are perched above the water jets of the city fountains, to give an illusion that they are dancing in mid-air.

Fountains are beautifully decorated for the occasion, with fragrant flowers in rich reds & pinks. Giants and large-headed carnival figures parade  (cabezudos) around the cathedral area in the city centre on the first evening of the festival is definitely worth catching.

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