Catalan traditions for All Saints Day in Barcelona
For a proper authentic Catalan experience during the long weekend of November 1st, forget about Halloween. The Catalan traditions for All Saints Day in Barcelona differ from the Celtic customs and neither pumpkin nor fancy dress is involved. However, get ready to put on some more kilos which will be very welcome to resist the cold winter temperatures. After all, you only live once!
Only available during this period of the year, we recommend you to include a stopover in the nearest cake shops when visiting Barcelona at that time. Rich in calories, those with a sweet tooth will fall in love with the delicacy. Their elaboration dates back from the 18th century and are traditionally made of almonds, sugar, pine nuts, eggs and lemon zest. Variants exist with chocolate, coffee and other ingredients. How could you resist them?
The burnt smell of toasted chestnuts on a grill lit by coal brings back some nice memories of past autumn. Even if it’s cold outside you won’t hesitate to take off your gloves to devour them. Various street vendours sell them on the streets of Barcelona. This link could help you find them more quickly.
With chestnuts and panellets, they’re the other treats you can get to keep you warm. Find them being baked side by side with the chestnuts in the streets stands. Sometimes used as the base of the panellets, they’re a good and healthier substitute to pumpkin pies and any sweet.
Nothing is better than a glass of sweet Moscatell to accompany the feast of delights and to help you digest them. Once you’ve down it, you could start the gluttony again more easily.
Visit to cemetery
For many Catalans traditions still persist. After All Saints Day, on 2nd November, people pay respect and a visit to the deceased siblings. Families usually go the cemetery and place a wreath on the graves and make the most of the opportunity to clean them. The Cemetery of Poblenou is one of the oldest one in town with an interesting modernist architecture.
Where to stay?
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