Saints' Day of Santa Caterina 

November 25th

November 25th is the Saints Day of Santa Caterina, which despite the cold weather, is an excuse for children's Festa de les Caterinetes in Catalonia and the Catalan countries.

The day commemorates the martyrdom of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, was beheaded by Emperor Maximinus II around 305 AD in Alexandria.

November 25th became the commemoration date in the 10th century, and many churches and particularly nunneries in Europe were dedicated to St. Catherine.

In Catalonia, Catarina is considered the patron saint of school children as her name is derived from the Greek "khatarós", which means "pure" and the Festa de les Caterinetes or Catalinetas are days on which children are allowed to be a little naughtier than usual.

In typical church iconography, Santa Caterina is generally seen holding a bunch of lilies, which also show purity.





Festes de Santa Caterina

November 25th is the Saints Day of Santa Caterina, which despite the cold weather, is an excuse for children's Festa de les Caterinetes in Catalonia and the Catalan countries.

  • Festa de Santa Caterina i Sant Nicolau in Vinaròs (el Baix Maestrat)
  • Festa de Santa Caterina in Càlig (el Baix Maestrat)
  • Les Catalinetes in Canals (la Costera)
  • Festa de les Catalinetes in Ibi (l'Alcoià)
  • Festa de Santa Catalina in Campos (Mallorca)
  • Festes de Santa Catalina in Porreres (Mallorca)  
  • Revetla de Santa Catalina in Bunyola (Mallorca)




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