August in Catalonia
and the Catalan-speaking countries
August 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.
As the weather is so good, the month of August is also great for Festa Majors or town festivals, which normally coincide with Saints Days.
August 1st is Sant Feliu, August 2nd is La Mare de Déu dels Àngels, August 6th is Sant Salvador, August 7th is Sant Albert, August 10th is Sant Llorenç, August 15th is La Mare de Déu d’agost, August 16th is Sant Roc, August 19th is Sant Magi, August 22nd is Sant Julià, August 24th is Sant Bartomeu, August 25th is Sant Genis, August 29th is Sant Joan Degollat and August 30th is Sant Fèlix.
All these Saints Days are an excuse for festivals so I suggest you click through to the specific day to find out what’s on.
Two main historical events are the signing of the Statute of Catalonia, the Estatut de Núria, on August 2nd 1931, which restored the Generalitat of Catalonia after more than 200 years and the start of the Bullangues, which were a week of violent riots, on August 5th 1835.
On August 11th 1137, Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Barcelona, signed the treaty with Ramir II, King of Aragon, by which he married the king’s daughter Peronella and so united the County of Barcelona and the Kingdom of Aragon under what would be known as the Crown of Aragon.
On August 12th 1888, the socialist trades union the UGT was founded in Barcelona.
The philosopher and theologian Jaume Balmes was born on August 28th 1810 and on August 6th 1936, Catalan politician and president of FC Barcelona, Josep Sunyol i Garriga, was shot dead by nationalist troops in the Sierra de Guadarrama close to Madrid.
The most important Historical Events, Births, Deaths and Festivals and Commemorations in August 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.