Cavalcade of the Magi

Cavalcade of the Magi

Barcelona, Culture
Cabalgatas de los Reyes Magos (“Cavalcade of the Magi”) This is one of the most popular yearly events in Barcelona and is basically a “parade-slash-mardi-gras” celebration for adults and kids alike. The cavalcades date back to 1855 in Barcelona, which is the oldest in Spain, but the actual theme heralds back to the birth of Christ. According to the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament, wise men (assumed to be three) traveling from the east arrived 12 days after Jesus was born. They had been following a star that announced the birth of a very special child, which was in fulfillment of previous scriptures. Therefore, the wise men wanted to meet the new messiah and bring him gifts, which consisted of frankincense, gold, and myrrh. This event, as you…
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What you need to know about “Catalan”

What you need to know about “Catalan”

Barcelona, Culture
There are many misconceptions about the language and its prevalence in Barcelona, as well as around Catalonia. First of all, it is its own language; not a dialect. Historical records show that it is one of the first languages to develop on the Iberian Peninsula. However, since the Kingdom of Castille became the local superpower, they imposed their language on the rest of the kingdoms after they united the country into what is now Spain. Catalan, as well as other local languages, like Basque, were ignored and, in extreme cases, criminalized, such as during Franco’s dictatorship. It is only until the 1980s that the language, and the associated culture, experienced a renaissance, which is still felt today. Signs around town, such as information signage starting at the airport, as well…
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