Barcelona Events 2023

Corpus Christi 2023 Barcelona

L'ou com Balla - dancing eggs

Corpus Christi dates:
Thursday, June 8th 2023. Events from 1st to 11th June 2023

Various locations Barcelona


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Corpus Christi Barcelona 2023. Festivitat del Corpus Christi. The date of el día del Corpus Christi is on Thursday, June 8th 2023

Corpus Christi is Latin for Body of Christ and is a Catholic festival to honour the Eucharist. The date of Corpus Christi Barcelona changes every year.

The Corpus Christi festival is one of Barcelona´s oldest celebrations and have taken place in Barcelona since the year 1320

Processions (not updated for 2023)

24 floral carpets on Plaça del Pi, in the Jardins de Rubió and Lluch, in the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Pedralbes, in Espai 30, in La Rambla de Guipúscoa, in Plaça de Sant Bernat Calbó, in the Parish of Sant Francesc de Paula and Carrer de Gràcia. In addition, other carpets will be added in regular spaces:  La Casa dels Entremesos, the Ethnological and World Cultures Museum, the parish of Santa Maria del Remei, Plaça de la Virreina, the Cathedral, the Conciliar Seminary of Barcelona , Can Galta Cremat – Municipal Center for Popular Culture of Sant Andreu, Carrer de la Llibertat, Sant Martí Park, Santa Maria del Taulat Parish, Plaça d’Orfila, Torre de la Sagrera, Civic Center El Exit, Francesc Boix Library and Plaça de Sarrià.

The Corpus Christi processions in Barcelona are Sunday 11 June 2023 from 7:00 pm

On Corpus Christi Day, Thursday June 8 2023, there will be open house at the City Hall, the City Historical Archive – Casa de l'Ardiaca, the Barcelonès Athenaeum, the Casa dels Entremesos, the Cathedral, the Frederic Marès Museum and the Monastery of Pedralbes.

The Corpus Christi giant's dance procession is called Seguici popular de Barcelona i ball dels gegants de Corpus.

The Corpus Christi processions feature traditional figures like giants (gegants) and the Barcelona animal legend figures of the Eagle, Lion, Dragon, Ox and other beasts, as well as traditional Catalan music ensembles.

The giant's ball or dance procession route is at 7pm on Sunday 11 June 2023 on Plaça de Sant Jaume in gothic area,  then goes Carrer del Bisbe to finish at Plaça Nova by Barcelona Cathedral.  More information

The Corpus procession called Processó de Corpus Christi starts at 7pm on Sunday XX June from Avinguda de la Catedral in front of Barcelona's 'La Seu' cathedral and then goes to Plaça Nova, Carrer dels Arcs, Portal de l'Àngel, Carrer Comtal, Via Laietana, and Carrer de Joaquim Pou before finishing back at Barcelona cathedral. 

Dancing Egg Barcelona - l'ou com balla

A wonderful Corpus Christi tradition in Barcelona is to make an egg dance on a jet of water on the prettiest fountains in the city.

The fountains are beautifully decorated with flowers. No-one quite knows when or how this tradition started, but it has been part of Corpus Christi in Barcelona since 1637.

It is called l'ou com balla in the Catalan language, which means the 'dancing egg.'  You can see dancing eggs in about 15 places in Barcelona from 10am to 8pm at cloister fountains, patios and gardens of public and private buildings during Corpus Christi.

Dancing Egg locations Barcelona

The 'dancing egg' locations are usually at the Reial Acadèmia de Bones Lletres, the Poble Espanyol Spanish village on Montjuic hill, the Museo Frederic Marès in the gothic area, the 'Arxiu de la Corona d'Aragó,'  the 'Palau del Lloctinent' in Plaça del Rei in the gothic area, the Arxiu Històric de la ciutat in the old 'Casa de l'Ardiaca,'  the cloisters of Barcelona cathedral La Seu, the Ateneu Barcelonès in the gothic area, at the cloisters of the Santa Ana church and at the Pedralbes monastery

In the Les Corts area of Barcelona you can see a traditional Corpus Christi flower carpet - catifa de flors -on the Plaça Concòrdia - or to see many flower carpets visit Sitges just south of Barcelona on Sunday XX June 2023 for the Sitges flower carpet festival 

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Corpus Christi 2023 Barcelona
08.06.2023 - 11.06.2023
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