Today the festivity of Santa Rita is celebrated in Casa Vicens with free visit and sale of candles and Hofmann chocolates in the shape of a rose in favor of the NGO Cultivalia Senegal.
The celebration of Santa Rita, deeply rooted in the neighborhood of Gràcia, gathers neighbors and other citizens at Casa Vicens throughout the day. Everything began in the middle of the 18th century when, in the land occupied by Casa Vicens, there was a house of convalescence of the Discalced Carmelites of the convent of the "Josepets". These, surprised at the "healing" of the sick who drank the waters of the Source, decided to dedicate the place to Santa Rita, patroness of the impossibles.
If you want to know more about the legend of Santa Rita and about the activities that are celebrated today at Casa Vicens, go to https://casavicens.org/en/santarita2019/
This year Hofmann, who runs the Casa Vicens coffee shop, joins the celebration with some chocolates in the form of a rose, which along with blessed candles will be sold throughout the day at Casa Vicens and whose proceeds will go to the NGO Cultivalia Senegal. Cultivalia Senegal is an entity in the Gràcia neighborhood, part of the Gràcia Solidària platform. This voluntary association works to guarantee food and nutritional security for rural populations, mainly in Senegal.