Carnival is one of the most deeply rooted celebrations in Catalonia and is linked to ancient Roman celebrations. In Catalonia, the carnival festival begins with the arrival of King Carnival on Thursday and ends on Ash Wednesday with the celebration of the Entierro de la Sardina, the burial of the sardine. This marks the end of Carnival and the start of Lent. Finally, of course, fireworks!
This year carnival is from February 16 to 21 and the most famous carnivals in Catalonia are in Barcelona, Solsona, Torelló, Castell Platja d'Aro, Tarragona, Vilanova i la Geltrú and Sitges. Was in Vilanova today and everyone was busy decorating for Carnival. Saw even a couple already in their carnival outfit. They couldn't wait!
Carnival in Sitges
It is said that the Carnival of Sitges is one of the 10 best carnivals in the world. There are various parades, for children and adults, and events. Like on the international day of the Xató, February 13, a workshop for making this local specialty. On February 16, King Carnestoltes and Queen Carnival arrive and the party can begin. With a very long parade on Tuesday evening where you can admire the procession of many special floats and dancers along the route. Enjoy!