A recent study has revealed that the number of practicing Catholics has dropped from 33.8 percent to 18.7 percent in Catalunya (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). Jordi Serrano, current rector at the Universitat Progressista d'Estiu de Catalunya and author of the study Catalunya ha deixat de ser catòlica? (Has Catalunya ceased to be Catholic?) investigates the recent turnaround in religiosity through collected comprehensive data which reflects the change in religious habits, especially among younger people, where Catholicism has become a minority practice. In a comparison between religious practice in 1970 in the aftermath of Franco, the number of practicing Catholics was around 87 percent of Spain declaring to be a practicing Catholic but now those percentages have been reduced to 36.6 percent, dropping further in Catalunya to a low 18.7 percent. Jordi Serrano claims in his study, "the dramatic generational change that is reflected in the religious sphere is unprecedented in any other field of values or attitudes."
According to organisers around 15,000 people (10,000 according to police figures) filled the streets of Sant Andreu to mark the traditional festival of Tres Tombs yesterday (article in Catalan, El Punt). The icy weather didn't deter families who brought their pets to be blessed by the priest Pep Soler. A parade of more than 30 carriages, horses and floats weaved through the city, throwing sweets and showcasing the skill of the riders. Jordi Hereu and fellow councillors followed on a float and threw sweets at the crowds.
With an aim to restore the rural past of the city, the organisation Fundació Mas i Terra has been scouring the city for historic farm buildings in order to make a complete inventory (article in Castilian, El Periodico). Joan Maluquer, president of the organisation has said, "Barcelona has been studied from many angles. It has been interpreted from its industrial past, from its modernist past, but the rural dimension has always been the most overlooked". According to the study the district which retains the greatest number of these types of buildings is Sarrià-Sant Gervais which has 32, followed closely by Horta-Guinardó with 31. Sants-Montjuïc historically had the most, with 150 documented but only nine remain and two of those are in serious need of repair. The aim is to try and restore those that are in need of work and to preserve the 106 farm buildings left standing.
Over 200 participants braved the cold yesterday to take part in Día sin Pantalones (article in Castilian, El Periodico). The event, which took place simultaneously in 43 cities worldwide entailed participants to travel on the metro without trousers. The group behind the stunt, Barnamob is known for organising flashmobs, where large groups of people gather in a public place, do something out of the ordinary and then disperse quickly. To create greater visibility the organisers distributed the participants along different routes but all included at least one transfer with everyone converging in Plaza Catalunya, still without trousers, where they got dressed and left.