The month of January is associated with the festivities for Sant Antoni Abat (17 January), opening the festive cycle in Barcelona. The neighbourhood of Sant Antoni will be holding its local festival from 12 to 21 January, kicking off the city’s annual calendar of celebrations. Sant Andreu will be celebrating with the traditional Tres Tombs blessing of animals on Sunday, 14 January, while for music lovers the Tradicionàrius folk festival notches up its 31st edition and fills the city with music up until 23 March.
The Festa Major de Sant Antoni gets this year’s calendar of popular celebrations under way. Besides the traditional elements usually present during local festivals, such as the morning wake up call, the giants parade and the fire run, this festival also includes the Tres Tombs procession and the ‘rifa del porquet’, a traditional draw which was reinstated a few years ago. As well as popular culture, festivities also include outdoor activities, children’s games, concerts, gastronomy and workshops to learn and have fun.
The popular Sant Antoni entourage includes the neighbourhood giants (Tonet and Rita), the four local backpack giants, the bigheads belonging to the Sant Antoni residents’ association and the giant family from the Colònies Jordi Turull school camp organisation. Also involved are the Porca giant pig figure, the human towers group Castellers del Poble-sec, the blunderbuss group Trabucs de Sant Antoni and the young people’s dance group, Colla de Xamfrà.
The Tres Tombs in Sant Andreu
This weekend brings the Tres Tombs in Sant Andreu, the traditional ceremony to bless animals which brings together horses, jennets and all types of carriages (tartanas, phaetons and muleteers’ carts and more). The procession also includes a group of lancers from the city police and a band.
The Tres Tombs takes place in the former village of Sant Andreu de Palomar on Sunday 14 January, as from 11 am. The procession is concentrated in the Parc de la Maquinista and sets off from between C/ Segre and C/ Sant Adrià at noon. The blessing of animals takes place at 12.15 pm in Pl. Orfila.
‘Tradicionàrius’ is back
The Tradicionàrius folk music festival reaches its 31st edition this year. From 12 January to 23 March, the Tradicionàrius helps the general public engage with roots culture and provides an insight into the cultural reality of the country through music.
This year’s programme features performances from soloists and groups such as Quico el Célio, El Noi i el Mut de Ferreries, So Nat i Inxa Impro Quintet, Kepa Junkera, El Pont d’Arcalís, Nuevo Mester de Juglaría and Guillem Anguera.