One of the oldest and most beautiful traditions in Barcelona is the Dancing Egg. Documented since 1637, this tradition started at the Cathedral and nowadays has spread to some other patios and courtyards in the city.
On Corpus Christi, the acolytes empty an egg and use wax to fill the hole and add some weight. When placed over a water jet from a fountain, the egg starts turning without falling, and thus dances. Generally, fountains with a dancing egg are also decorated with seasonal flowers and fresh fruits, like cherries, which cover the bowl of the fountain, as well as weaver’s broom and carnations.
Corpus Christi is a Catholic Rite celebrating the tradition and belief in the body and blood of Jesus Christ and his Real Presence in the Eucharist. It was made a feast in 1264 by Pope Urban IV, and Barcelona is listed as the second city to celebrate it with a Procession, since 1320.
Starting today, and until Sunday, Dancing Egg can be seen at 12 locations in Barcelona, being the Cathedral’s Cloister the most famous:
- Cloister of Barcelona Cathedral (7)
- Archdeacon’s House (6)
- Archive of the Crown of Aragon (4)
- Museum Frederic Marès (5)
- Church of Saint Anna (10)
- Royal Academy of Letters (3)
- Ateneu (9)
- Basilica of the of the Immaculate Conception (11)
- Scolopie School (12)
- Monastery of Pedralbes (13)
- School of Saint Camillus (14)
- Church of Saint Jerome in Montbau (15)