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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.

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25/10/2011

…how do you like your halloween?

 

Until a few weeks ago it may still have been possible to cling onto the last slivers of late summer warmth but we can no longer deny Autumn’s golden glow. With dark winter nights looming ahead of us, it’s the perfect time to think about one of our most exciting festive knees-ups: Halloween on 31st October.

 

These days, Halloween is the perfect excuse for a night of debauched, ghoulish fancy-dress revelry as zombies, witches, ghosts, various Harry Potter characters and other ethereal spectacles take to the streets, terrorizing other adults and indulging fantasies usually reserved for B-rated gore films.

Today the focus may be on photographing our exploits to later upload on facebook, but almost all of the customs celebrated today have their quirks firmly rooted in Celtic and Pagan superstitions. Halloween takes its name from the winter solstice festival traditionally held on 31st October, when Celtic folk believed that the thin veil between night and day could be moved aside to enable close contact with the spirit world for one night only.

 

In the past, the darkest night of the year would see entire families feasting and holding wakes to accompany their dearly departed through the darkness into a new dawn – a time to mark fresh beginnings and inspire positive hopes for the year ahead. If you are fascinated with things that go bump in the night (in keeping with tradition, of course), check out Barcelona’s theatrical
Ghost Tours for an insight into the city’s dark and spooky past and the opportunity to visit some of Barcelona’s truly haunted sites.

 

In Catalunya, All Saints Day is celebrated with an annual Castanyada. Much like the Celtic Halloween, Catalans welcome the Winter solstice with an annual harvest of autumn foods such as sweet potatoes and chestnuts, washed down with a generous glug of Moscatel. But perhaps the most colourful celebrations are to be found in Mexico and Latin America where the idea of honouring the dead is very much alive, well and completely undiluted. The popularisation of Mexican culture has brought a host of vibrant Mexican-themed events to Barcelona in recent years, from enjoying fresh Pan de Muertos and tacos at Tlaxcal restaurant to a Día de los muertos themed exhibition by Mexican artists at Cosmo galería.

 

Some say that our fascination with blood and carnage is an outlet for our desire to connect with our more visceral, fleshly sides – the consequences of living in such a sanitary, technological world. For a good dose of gore this Halloween, be sure to visit the Antic Teatre’s short film festival on 30th October.

 

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October 25th, 2011 at 14:34, posted by Destination BCN Apartments – News and Views on Barcelona » A gory film fest at the Antic Teatre

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