May 1st in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries

This page lists historical and other events on May 1st in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries as well as festivals and a list of births and deaths of well-known Catalans.


1298 - Barcelona: The building of the Cathedral of Barcelona begins.

1859 - Barcelona: The opening of the first Jocs Florals of the modern era.

1879 - Barcelona: The Diari Català publishes its prospectus, a series of points where it laid out its ideals, three days before the first issue came out.

1975 - València: Constitution of the Junta Democràtica del País Valencià, presidided by Manuel Broseta.

1988 - Montserrat: First showing of gegants of the Agrupació de Colles de Geganters de Catalunya, en Treball i na Cultura.

1995 - Salou: The PortAventura theme park opens.

2000 - Barcelona: Radio station RAC 1 broadcasts begin.


1533 - Valldemossa, Mallorca: Santa Catalina Thomàs.

1874 - Sabadell, Vallès Occidental, Barcelona: Àngel Rodamilans i Canals, priest, Benedictine monk, composer and organist.

1963 - Barcelona, Barcelonès: Màrius Serra, Catalan writer, journalist, crossword compiler, English translator and enigmist.

1970 - Xàtiva, Costera: Elies Barberà Bolinches, Valencian poet and actor.


1900 - Sabadell: Feliu Crespí i Cirera, weaver and mayor of Sabadell.

1986 - Sabadell: Lluís Mimó i Espinalt, Catalan esperantist, POUM member and victim of the French concentration camps.

Festivals and Commemorations

May 1st is Labour Day in Catalonia, which is El Dia Internacional del Treballador in Catalan.

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