4 reasons why people are travelling to Spain for La Mercè festival

August 9, 2016
La Merce Festival

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Hola! Picture this - you are holidaying in Spain. What do you see yourself doing, watching the bull fight, participating in the La Tomatina festival, sipping sangria and lazing on its scintillating beaches, isn’t it? Well, you can add one more exciting event to this picture - the La Mercè festival, which is celebrated in September with pomp and show.

Legend behind the La Mercè Festival

La Merce, Barcelona

In 1687, the city of Barcelona was hit by a plague of locusts. The locals believed that La Mercè (the Virgin of Mercy) came to the rescue of the city and saved them from this dreadful plague. On many such trying times, this patron saint protected the people from all sorts of calamities. To honour this divine power, La Mercè is celebrated each year on September 24 - the celebrations begin a week before. During this festival, you will see a number of events taking place which transform the city into an entertainment hub.

Take a look at why this colourful festival attracts travellers from across the globe.

1. Gegantes or the giant parade

Giant Parade, La Merce

Reminds you of our Republic Day parade, right? You will see the streets of Barcelona bustling with giant figures of queens, kings, saints and nobles. Not just marching on the streets, these gigantic figures also dance to the music of flutes and drums being played. Keep your camera handy to capture the magnificence of this event.

2. Procession of the fire-breathing dragons

Fire-breathing dragons, La Mercè

Carrefoc is one of the highlight of this grand occasion. Similar to Diwali, you will see lot of fireworks happening here. Devils, fire-breathing dragons and monsters scare the people and rule the streets. There are chances that the sparks can damage your clothes. So, if you’re planning to be a part of this festival, choose your clothes accordingly and wear glasses for protection.

3. Castellers or the human towers

Human towers, La Mercè

By now, you might have known that the festivities of Spain are not very different from India. Look at this human pyramid, it appears similar to Janmashtami or Dahi Handi, isn't it? Well, it’s a sport where rival groups compete to build human towers as high as possible.

4. Music Festival

Music, La Merce

No celebration is complete without music, right? Be a part of this music festival with huge sound system that features talented artists. If you’re a maestro, you can get lucky and be among the performing artists here.

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