Saints Day of Santa Úrsula - October 21st

October 21st is the Saints Day of Santa Úrsula, who was probably born in Cornwall in England and died in Cologne in Germany probably sometime in the late 4th or early 5th century.

Legend has it that she was an English princess, who after a pilgrimage to Rome, was returning home through German lands, where Attila the Hun fell in love with her.

She and here companions refused the advances of Attila and his troops and were consequently executed and their martydom was used by the medieval church as an example of female chastity.

Given that the story is quite obviously a legend, she was never officially canonised by the Catholic church but her cult has been popular since the middle ages

In Catalonia, her festival is mainly celebrated in Valls in the Alt Camp comarca in Tarragona Province, where they hold an important Diada Castellera.

Festes de Santa Úrsula

October 21st is the Saints Day of Santa Úrsula and, in Catalonia, her festival is mainly celebrated in Valls in the Alt Camp comarca in Tarragona Province.

Fira de Santa Úrsula in Valls (l'Alt Camp)

Festa-foc i Baixada de l'Àngel in Valls (l'Alt Camp)

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