This custom began in Barcelona in 1637 and still leaves locals and visitors open mouthed.
Over a dozen of the city's fountains are decorated with flowers and seasonal fruit to set the stage for the L’ou com balla [dancing egg] tradition, which consists of placing eggs on the fountain's water spouts, The eggs dance in the spout due to the force of the water.
Throughout the day, Barcelona residents and people from all over the world go to such emblematic buildings as the Casa de l’Ardiaca (central offices of the Barcelona Historical Archives), the Cathedral cloister and the Frederic Marès Museum to witness the phenomenon.
The dancing egg tradition began in Barcelona. For some scholars it is a metaphor for the cycle of life and a reference to time and continual movement. However, for others it is an entertaining pastime from the Middle Ages.
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