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Floral Carpets of the Corpus, popular festivals in Catalonia

Popular festivals in the Coast of Barcelona

Spring celebrates its blooming

The arrival of the spring brings the flourishing of flowers, new fragrances, a nice temperature to go for a walk. It is time to celebrate, to share, to enjoy outdoor activities.

In Catalonia, an especially in some villages of the Barcelona Coast, celebrate the festivity of Corpus Christi, creating floral carpets in the main streets. They are initiatives promoted by the neighbour, that dedicate some of their free time to prepare materials, to design the contour of the figures, to buy the flowers… The previous week to this festivity, neighbouring meet in garages with all the necessary material to create the floral carpets.

alfombras flores

Groups of neighbours meet up to create the designs and collect the materials for the floral carpets

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The origin of the floral carpets is very old, because are about the celebration of the arrival of the spring which brings colour, fragrances and nice temperatures…In Roman times, the façades of the houses were decorated with flowers when spring arrived. Traditionally floral carpets were elaborated with flower petals, with leaves and stems and with grass, but from the end of the XX Century, it’s often to find seeds, sawdust, coffee grounds or coffee capsules to create the Floral Carpets in Catalonia. The important thing is the illusion to do it, to work together with families, friends and neighbours, to decorate the own street at least for one day.

 

This tradition is still very present today in a lot of villages in Catalonia. Sitges, la Garriga, Arbúcies or Sallent, make some of the most recognised Floral Carpets, but much more towns maintain this lovely tradition with the work of the local people. All these Flower Carpets in Catalonia last only one day. People start working very early in the morning and late evening are wreck in different ways. In Arbúcies for example, children that receive the communion that year are in charge to walk over the carpets.

catifes flores
alfombras de flores

In Calella de la Coast, in the Barcelona region, this tradition is also alive, and in this case the Giants ang Big headed puppets are in charge to walk over all the carpets to the tune of “la gralla”, a traditional instrument of the Catalan Culture.

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