History of the “Fira de Santa Llucia” in Barcelona city

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According to some reliable sources the earliest date the “Fira” was mentioned is 1786 without any doubts. The first who mentioned it was a Catalan writer Rafael Amat, saying in one of his diaries: “”13 December, Saint Lucy virgin and martyr. There were festivities in the Cathedral, in the chapel and the altar where the image of the Virgin was venerated; and outside, with the fair opposite, many stands with Nativity scenes, clay and cardboard figurines, images of saints, shepherds, animals… so there were a great many people (…) and in the Cathedral, people were attending mass and praying to the Virgin to preserve their eyesight and clarity.”

Nowadays everything is almost as 227 years ago, starting on 13 of December Plaça Nova (Avenida de Catedral) fills up with messy atmosphere and artisans selling the pesebre (known as well as chrèche ) and Nativity scenes, and like in those days children strolling around the fair with their parents.

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On the well-equipped wooden stands you can find everything or almost everything for you home decoration. Starting with different figures cork objects pine branches and more. The Fira of Santa Lucia is the oldest one tradition of Barcelona city.

Usually The Fira of St.Lucia begins in late November or early December, as this year on 13 od December. More than 280 stands selling Nativities and figures, greenery and crafts, in other words all the beauties to decorate your sweet home for Christmas Eve.

One month left, so be sure you already have a ticket and a cozy room in our hotel booked. You’re more than welcome! We wish you to have a nice Christmas staying with us.

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