PHOTOS – A Catalan Christmas 2014 in WDC

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IMG_1595On Saturday, December 6th, the Casal Català de Washington DC celebrated Christmas with the two most cherished Catalan traditions: Els Pastorets and the Caga Tió.

By magic powers, Lluquet and Rovelló found themselves in a forest near Bethlem on their way to admire Jesus, the new-born. Children and parents enjoyed their adventures and had a beautiful Catalan evening. The Caga Tió was also so generous with everyone after being hit.

We ended up signing some Catalan carols and toasting with cava remembering all the activities that we shared this year 2014 that is about to end.

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Dec. 6th 2014 – A Catalan Christmas in Washington DC

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Let’s Celebrate Christmas with the Casal Catala de Washington DC and the two most cherished Catalan traditions: Els Pastorets and the Caga Tió.

Pastorets 1Els Pastorets will entertain you with the adventures of Lluquet and Rovelló, two shepherds from a Catalan masia that by magic powers find themselves in a forest near Bethlem on their way to admire Jesus, the new-born. In their journey they will meet iconic characters from our cherished Nativity scene, and get involved with the powers of good and bad.

Afterwards the children will have the chance to get presents from the Caga Tió, the log that gives presents or excretes them, while being hit with a stick. We will round up our get together with some Catalan carols and a Christmas toast with cava remembering all the activities that we shared this year 2013 that is about to end.

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‘La Castanyada’ in WDC – Nov. 1st 2014

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The Casal Català de Washington DC cordially invites you to celebrate La Castanyada

The Castanyada (Catalan pronunciation: [kəstəˈɲaðə]) is a popular Catalan festival, celebrated on All Saints’ Day. Like Halloween, its origins are in an ancient ritual festival of the dead. It consists of a meal of chestnuts, panellets, sweet potato and preserved fruits, typically with moscatell to drink. Around the time of this celebration, it is common for street vendors to sell hot toasted chestnuts wrapped in newspaper. In many places, confectioners often organize raffles of chestnuts and preserved fruit.

The festival is usually depicted with the figure of a Castanyera, an old lady, dressed in peasant’s clothing and wearing a headscarf, sat behind a table, roasting chestnuts for street sale.

Read more for event details and RSVP, please.

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INFO – Trobada amb Andreu Mas-Colell a WDC

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imagesAmb motiu d’un viatge oficial a Washington DC, el conseller d’Economia i Coneixement de la Generalitat de Catalunya, l’Hble. Andreu Mas-Colell mantindrà una trobada amb la comunitat catalana de l’àrea de DC.

El lloc de trobada serà dimarts 14 d’octubre al restaurant Bobby Van’s (1201 New York Avenue, NW de Washington, DC) de 6pm a 7:30pm.

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L’acte està organitzat per la Delegació del Govern català als Estats Units.

PHOTOS – Diada in WDC: Reception & Family BBQ

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This 2014, the Casal Català de Washington DC organized two events to celebrate the National Day of Catalonia —aka ‘la Diada’— in Washington DC.

On September 11th, the journalist and writer Xavier Vilà Carrera explained his thoughts on what is going on in Catalonia in his Lecture ‘The Domain of Spain – How Likely Is Catalan Independence?’. Also, on Saturday, September 13th, the Casal organized the traditional Family BBQ in one of the Rock Creek Park Zone where children and adults enjoyed the day.

Here you can find a selection of picture of both events — we hope you like them!

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RSVP NOW: Family BBQ – Saturday Sept. 13, 2014 (Area #1)

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Come and join a Family BBQ organized by the Casal Catala de Washington DC:

What
: Family Barbecue
Day: Saturday, Sept 13, 2014
Time: From noon to dusk
Where: Rock Creek Park Zone #1 (see map)

The Casal Català will supply the meat and some appetizers; please, bring your drinks and special dishes.
We will start grilling at noon, while the dinner is ready, you can also participate in a soccer game and/or handicrafts activities for children.

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RSVP NOW: National Day of Catalonia 2014

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The Casal Català de Washington DC

cordially invites you to
celebrate the National Day of Catalonia
with a lecture on

The Domain of Spain – How Likely Is Catalan Independence?

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