April is a particularly interesting month in Catalonia. Here you will find the major historical events and festivals listed as well as birth and death anniversaries of important Catalans.
The weather is definitely getting better in April and the countryside bursts into flower. However, the month also tends to be quite rainy.
The most important Historical Events, Births, Deaths and Festivals and Commemorations in January in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries are listed below and if you scroll down to the bottom of the page you will find links to more detailed pages dedicated to each day of the month.
Many of the sayings associated with March in Catalonia focus on either the rainy weather and the fact that the countryside is bursting into flower.
The one of chosen to illustrate the month is about the rainy weather and is "A l'Abril Cada Gota Val Per Mil" (In April Every Raindrop Is Worth A Thousand).
April 4th 1847 - Barcelona: The Gran Teatre del Liceu opens.
April 8th 1888 - Barcelona: The Universal Exhibition opens.
April 10th 2011 - Barcelona: The popular street poll on the independence of Catalonia is held in Barcelona, ending a year and a half of polls throughout the country.
April 11th 1864 - Barcelona: Serafí Pitarra's L'esquella de la torratxa opens at the Teatre Odeon and becomes one of the first major succeses of theatre in Catalan.
April 12th 1931 - Països Catalans: The left-wing republicans win the 1931 Spanish municipals elections in the major towns.
April 15th 2015 - Barcelona: The Parliament of Catalonia approves the creation of El Moianès, which becomes the 42nd comarca in the Principality.
April 20th 1897 - Barcelona: The Decret d'Agregació comes into force, and the municipalities of Gràcia, Sant Martí de Provençals, Sant Andreu de Palomar, Sant Gervasi de Cassoles, Sants and Les Corts become part of the City of Barcelona.
April 23rd 1853 - The Orfeó Barcelonès is founded.
April 23rd 1925 - Francesc Macià emits the Emprèstit Pau Claris to finance the invasion from Prats de Molló.
April 27th 1947 - Monastery of Montserrat, Monistrol de Montserrat, Bages: Taking advantage of the enthroning of the Mare de Déu, Catalanist forces hold a massive demonstration that cannot be stopped by the dictatorship.
April 3rd 1890 - Barcelona: Manuel Carrasco i Formiguera, Catalan lawyer and politician, who was executed by order of Franco in 1938.
April 8th 1864 - Barcelona: Josep Llimona i Bruguera, Catalan sculptor, considered one of the best sculptors in the style of Modernisme.
April 12th 1933 - Barcelona: Montserrat Caballé, Catalan soprano.
April 15th 1908 - l'Arboç, Baix Penedès: Aureli Maria Escarré i Jané, Benedictine monk and abbot of Montserrat.
April 18th 1867 - El Masnou: Lluís Millet i Pagès, founder of the Orfeó Català.
April 20th 1824 - Barcelona: Francesc Pi i Margall, President of the First Spanish Republic and President of the Council of Ministers (died 1901).
April 21st 1824 - Barcelona, Barcelonès: Josep Anselm Clavé i Camps, Catalan musician and politician, founder of the Cors de Clavé.
April 27th 1947 - Palma: Maria del Mar Bonet, Mallorcan singer.
April 2nd 1416 - Igualada: Ferran I of Aragon, known as Fernando of Antequera, King of Aragon, València, Mallorca, Sicily, Sardinia and (nominal) Corsica, duke (nominal) of Athens and Neopàtria, Count of Barcelona, Rosselló and Cerdanya (born 1380).
April 7th 1899 - Barcelona: Joaquim Rubió i Ors, Catalan writer and president of the Acadèmia de Bones Lletres de Barcelona, also known as lo Gayter del Llobregat.
April 10th 1902 - Barcelona: Bartomeu Robert, better known as Dr. Robert, doctor and politician (born 1842).
April 13th 1983 - Girona: Mercè Rodoreda, Catalan writer.
April 22nd 1892 - Barcelona: Josep Maria Bocabella i Verdaguer, Catalan bookseller and philanthropist, who had the idea of building La Sagrada Família.
April 23rd 1981 - Llofriu, Baix Empordà: Josep Pla, Catalan writer (born 1897).
April 28th 1936 - Barcelona: The brothers Josep and Miquel Badia, members of Estat Català, murdered by four gunmen associated with FAI.
April 30th 1947 - Buenos Aires (Argentina): Francesc Cambó, Catalan politician.