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Indigenous people of Barcelona are very gallant and very serious. They are open for communication and have a wonderful sense of humor. The locals are very friendly to visitors and will gladly help them in most difficult situations. Many travellers, who visit Spain for the first time, are scared of the way of communication, which is peculiar to the Spaniards. The usual arguing between two good friends can be taken as a quarrel - the local residents are very emotional and impulsive. Such "noisiness", which is common among citizens, is hard to associate with kindness and openness in communication of these people.
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Spaniards have never been very punctual. This national trait is not a secret to anyone and so it is a typical reason for numerous jokes. Residents of Barcelona are accustomed to have a very late lunch, so local cafes start filling with visitors only after the noon. Dinners here are also fairly late, so many restaurants are open until midnight. When communicating with local residents, you should try to avoid political topics, and in any case not to talk about personal life - these topics are considered a taboo here. You should not start controversy about the corrida (bullfighting), as the locals are intolerant to the even the slightest criticism of national peculiarities.
There are always many interesting events in Barcelona. The procession of the Magi on the eve of Day of the Epiphany is a bright and a striking event. On the evening of January 5 local residents dressed in ancient costumes appear on the streets of the city. All townspeople gather there to admire their solemn procession. The event that takes place on April 23 is no less interesting. This celebration is named The Day of Rose and a Book. The title of the celebration fully discloses its main tradition - on this day of the year people give each other bouquets of roses and books. These gifts are the symbol of friendship and loyalty. Finally, August is the time of one of the most hilarious and beloved holidays - Fiesta Major. On this holiday all main streets and squares of the city are decorated with colorful garlands. Main celebrations are held in the district named Gracia. Here are organized musical and theatrical performances, as well as the degustation of national dishes.
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