Why You Need To Spend Halloween In Barcelona.
By WSA Europe of 09/26/15
One of the best things about studying abroad is getting to be somewhere new for holidays and seeing how they are celebrated differently.
With October right around the corner, You need to be spending Halloween weekend with the proper cultural in Barcelona. Skip the awkward costume party at your roommate’s coworker’s apartment and enjoy the beautiful culture of Barcelona while having an incredible time. Best of all, Halloweekend in Barca isn’t just a day of excess candy and costume, but a three-day celebration of life!
Día de las Brujas- Day of the Witches
Although Halloween is more of a children’s holiday, there are plenty of festivities for the young adult. Almost every club, bar, restaurant, and hotel has a costume party. The entire city is decorated with pumpkins and costume stores are popular. Check out places like Opium Mar, Shoko, Apolo, Monasterio, or Hotel Casa Fuster. Make sure you look the part by shopping for an outfit at El Ingenio, Menkes, or Party Fiesta. Start this celebration of life off right by dancing the night away! Go to the Nocturna Halloween Festival, where for just 20 euros, you can get access to a music festival that lasts all of Halloween night. Or, go to Port Adventura, a theme park that gets a complete Halloween makeover- including 12,000 pumpkins- and boasts six different themed worlds.
Día de Todos los Santos- All Saints Day
Head over to the nearest cemetery such as Montjuic, Poblenou and Les Corts, where almost every grave has visitors. Families decorate the graves of their loved ones with beautiful floral arrangements and spend time together, eating and drinking, remembering those who have passed on. The streets are filled as people celebrate La Castanyada with seasonal foods such as castanyes (chestnuts), sweet potatoes, muscatel (sweet wine), and panellets (marzipan cakes). Stalls, florists, and dancers fill the streets, adding to the festive mood. Take some time to see an Spanish mass, which will be offered many times on this Holy Day.
Día de los Muertos- Day of the Dead
Visit the Ruta de Altares or Route of the Altars; there are around 30 spread around the city in some of the most famous bars, restaurants, art galleries, and hotels. All are differently themed to honor those who have died in this past year. Smaller altars are placed around the city as well by families to honor loved ones, including in the cemeteries. Buy plenty of pan de muerto, or bread of death, which is a sugary treat that is only offered on this day of the year!
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Kylie Walsh is a junior at Dominican University of California majoring in English with a Creative Writing emphasis. She is spending her junior year studying abroad, first at St. Catherine’s College of Oxford and then at the American College of Greece in Athens.