The Festa Major de Gràcia is Barcelona's biggest, most colourful and most popular neighbourhood, street festival. Every year, the Gràcia neighbourhood is transformed with fantastical scenes made out of recycled materials and bright papier-mâché . The decorations and all the events are organised by local residents with their aim being to bring together the community and invite others from all over the world to experience their outlandish creations. The festival is also replete with activities and events for all the family so throughout the week-long festival there is always something to do.
In my constant search for all things related to travelling in Japan, I discovered that unlike the traditional four seasons which the western world uses to divide their calendar, Japan celebrates 72 different "micro-seasons". These micro-seasons each are given a wonderfully descriptive name which paints a perfect picture of those little moments throughout the year.
One of the most exciting and interesting parts of our trip to Barcelona was arriving there on the last day of “The Festa Major de Gracia”. Before planning the trip, I hadn’t even heard of this festival but after experiencing it, albeit on the last day when the festivities were winding down, I can say for sure it was one of the best experiences and the most interesting festival I’ve ever attended!