Saints' Day of Sant Nicolau or Saint Nicholas  - December 6th

December 6th is the Saints' Day of Sant Nicolau and, although winter is upon us, it is still an excuse for Festa Majors around Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries.

Sant Nicolau or Nicholas of Mira was born probably in 270 AD in Patara in Lycia in what is now Turkey and died in Mira in Turkey in 346 AD and is venerated as a saint in both the Catholic and Orthodox churches.

He was born into a wealthy Christian family and moved to Mira where he was ordained as a priest and finally became bishop of the city.

He was imprisoned during Diocletian's persecution of the Christians in 305 and freed by Constantine in 313.

He was made a saint very soon after his death in Mira on December 6th in probably 343 and has been venerated ever since.

In his iconography, Sant Nicolau is generally shown with children of whom he is the patron saint and as Sant Nikolaus, he is the basis of the legend of Santa Claus or Father Christmas in Northern Europe.

As the Llibre del Consolat de Mar shows, in the Middle Ages in Catalonia, along with Sant Elm, Sant Antoni Abat and Santa Clara, he was patron saint of sailors.

There was a church dedicated to Sant Nicolau as well as a hospital next to the city walls at Drassanes

There are still various churches his name particularly in the Balearic Islands and Sant Nicolau is the patron saint of the city of Alicante.







Festes de Sant Nicolau

December 6th is the Saints' Day of Sant Nicolau and, although winter is upon us, it is still an excuse for Festa Majors around Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries.

Barcelona Province

Festa Major d'Hivern de Sant Nicolau in Malgrat de Mar (El Maresme)




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