Taking place on or around 23rd April each year, a date linked to literature and popular tradition, the festival of Sant Jordi celebrates the Patron saint of Catalonia, French equivalent of St George, a Christian Roman soldier, who was martyred around 303AD for refusing to renounce Christianity
Coming from the French word terre for “soil,” the word terroir originally described the special characteristics of a region, or piece of land, which gave different varieties of wine, coffee and tea their individuality. (Soil, climate, position, regional traditions….)
A tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages, the “goigs dels ous” (or “joie des oeufs” in French) are traditional Easter songs; ancient hymns sung by choirs in traditional Catalan costume, signaling a return…
Perpignan was elected ‘Capital de la Sardana 2019’ and takes this honour very seriously.
CANCELLED Another event that is fun to read about – but we will be unable to attend this year.
The procession of the Sanch will be replaced by the Chemin de Croix on Friday April 2 at 15h.
Since 1950, the procession de la Sanch has only been cancelled once before, due to the heavy rains of 1976 – and of course this year 2020, coronavirus oblige. Find out a little about what you’re missing!
The Easter Omelette, or ‘Omelette Pascale is more than just a recipe in Catalonia – it’s a whole tradition!
No carnival this year but the ‘grégoires’ tradition is a weird and fascinating read!
CANCELLED OF COURSE DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS BUT A FASCINATING TRADITION TO LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR