It is curious how human traditions of such simplicity L’ou com balla persist. This enchanting testimony of Catalan religious and popular folklore dates back to 1637 when it was first documented in the cloister of Barcelona Cathedral where an empty egg was made to dance over the fountain spring on Corpus Christi Day.
In fact, this simple but fascinating custom is nothing more than that, the captivating dance of an empty egg on top of a fountain’s water spring, as its name indicates: L’ou com balla (The Dancing Egg). Around the spring of water, a breadbasket with plants and fruits is placed to prevent the egg from falling to the ground, as well as adding colour and beauty to the spring spectacle. If the egg falls into the water it can get up again and dance with the strength of the fountain and if it is able to endure without breaking throughout the day, it is considered a sign of good luck.