Sunday, July 1, 2007

In Today’s News: Tonight Won’t Be Just Any Night

The Flame Has Arrived! I learned a bit more about local traditons today from an El Periodico article entitled, “Hogueras y verbenas festejan la noche de San Juan.” (Bonfires and festivals celebrate Saint John's Night.)

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It seems that a flame called La Flama del Canigo is transported from the Catalan area of France to Barcelona. It arrives in the city via Ave. Meridiana in the morning. After being recevied in the Catalan Parliament building it is carried down Ave. Diagonal to Pl. Sant Jaume, where the City Hall and the Generalitat stand across from one another. There representatives of Barcelona’s neighborhoods and of towns and cities throughout Catalunya collect a part of the flame to take to their respective communities to light bonfires.
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The article then went on to highlight the festivals in the city of Sabadell (about 75ks north of Barcelona) and my neighborhood, Barceloneta. Speaking of which, I’ve got to go as the carrefoc will start soon.
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P.S. Another great photo taken in Barceloneta by Greg Gladman. Here is a link to a Flickr page with more of his fantastic photos of the fiesta: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ggladman/sets/72157594175614703/
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Copied from original http://myspainblog.wordpress.com/ posting by Carloz on 23 June, 2007

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