Saints Day of Les Mares de Déu Trobades or Found Madonnas - September 8th

September 8th is the Saints Day of Les Mares de Déu Trobades or Found Madonnas, which as it is summer, is an excuse for Festa Majors around Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries.

According to legend the Mares de Déu Trobades, literally Found Madonnas, were figures of the Madonna Mary and Baby Jesus that had been hidden before the Muslim invasion in 711 and were subsequently, found after the Moors were expelled from what would eventually become Catalonia.

In truth, they are actually normally Romanesque polychrome sculptures, which were created from the 12th century onwards, and were often associated with some kind of miracle or revelation.

A typical example of a Mare de Déu Trobada is the black Mare de Déu de Montserrat, which is pictured below, but other celebrated ones are la Mare de Déu de Queralt, la Mare de Déu de Puigcerver, la Mare de Déu de la Roca and la Mare de Déu d'Urgell






Festes de Les Mares de Déu Trobades

September 8th is the Saints Day of Les Mares de Déu Trobades, which as it is still summer, is an excuse for Festa Majors around Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries.

Barcelona Province

Festa major of Sant Quirze del Vallès (el Vallès Occidental)

Festa Major of Piera (l’Anoia)

Festa Major of Can Moriscot, Corbera de Llobregat (el Baix Llobregat)

Festa Major i Ball de Cantirets in Palafolls (el Maresme)

Festa Major de la Mare de Déu de la Gleva in Les Masies de Voltregà (Osona)

Around Catalonia

Festes del Tura in Olot (la Garrotxa)

Festa Major de la Mare de Déu del Claustre in Solsona (el Solsonès)

Festa major of Montblanc (la Conca de Barberà)

Festes majors of Gandesa (la Terra Alta)

Festa Major del Camí in Cambrils (el Baix Camp)

Festa Major in les Borges del Camp (el Baix Camp)

Festa major of Tremp (el Pallars Jussà)

Festa major of Castell d'Aro-Platja d'Aro (el Baix Empordà)

Festa major of Breda (la Selva)

Around the Catalan-speaking Countries

Festa major of Maó (Menorca)

Festes de la Mare de Déu de la Salut, Maria de la Salut (Mallorca)

Festes de la Mare de Déu de Loreto in Mutxamel (l'Alacantí, Alicante Province)

Festes patronals of Peniscola (el Baix Maestrat, Castellón Province)

Festes de la Mare de Déu de L'Olivar in Alaquàs (l'Horta Oest, Valencia Province)

Festes de la Mare de Déu de la Salut in Algemesí (la Ribera Alta, Valencia Province)

Festes patronals de la Mare de Déu del Puig (l'Horta Nord, Valencia Province)



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