The Corpus Christi festival is the oldest in Barcelona. The procession dates back to 1320 and the dancing egg, one of Barcelona’s most authentic traditions, has been celebrated since 1637.
This year the festival starts on Thursday, 23 June, with an open day at the City Hall, Palau de Capitania, Palau Centelles, Ateneu Barcelonès, City History Archives-Archdeacon’s House (Casa de l’Ardiaca) Museu Frederic Marés and the Casa dels Entremesos.
Also on Thursday but continuing until Sunday you will be able to see how eggs dance over fountain jets in cloisters and gardens from 10 am to 8 pm.
That means in the Museu Frederic Marès garden, at the City History Archives-Archdeacon’s House, in the Cathedral cloister, the Santa Anna church cloister, the Puríssima Concepció basilica cloister and the Sant Jeroni de Montbau parish church.
The origins of this tradition, which dates back to the 17th century, is uncertain. One interpretation is it symbolises the exaltation of the Eucharist, represented by the egg, while other versions see the fullness of spring in it, an explosion of fertility and life.