December 13th in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries


This page lists historical and other events on December 13th in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries as well as festivals and a list of births and deaths of well-known Catalans.


1996 - Barcelona: A group of intellectuals create the Foro Babel at CCCB in order to pressurise in favour of the use of Castilian Spanish in Catalonia.

2009 - Santa Coloma de Gramenet: The first section of Line 9 of the Barcelona Metro System opens, which was the first completely automatic metro line on the Iberian Peninsula.

2009 - Catalonia: 166 municipalities hold a popular consultation on the independence of Catalonia with the question «Està d'acord que Catalunya esdevingui un estat de dret, independent, democràtic i social, integrat a la Unió Europea?» (Do you agree that Catalonia should become a legal independendent democratic and social state, integrated in the European Union?)


1798 - Mataró: Jaume Isern i Colomer, organist, teacher and composer.

1835 - Puigcerdà: Pere Borrell del Caso, painter.

1840 - Artés, Bages: Frederic Faura i Prat, Catalan meteorologist and ecclesiastic.

1859 - Sabadell: Narcisa Freixas i Cruells, Catalan composer and music teacher.

1868 - Barcelona: Francesc Moragas i Barret, Catalan lawyer and economist.

1895 - Súria: Salvador Perarnau i Canal, poet and Mestre en Gai Saber.

1918 - Barcelona: Teresa Rovira i Comas, Catalan librarian, daughter of Antoni Rovira i Virgili.

1923 - Barcelona: Antoni Tàpies, Catalan painter and sculptor.

1959 - Moià: Marcel·lí Antúnez Roca, Catalan artist.


1853 - Torrelodones, Madrid: Antoni Maura, Spanish politician.

2012 - València: Andreu Alfaro, sculptor linked to the Grup Parpalló (born 1929).

2014 - Barcelona: Joan Barril i Cuixart, Catalan writer and journalist (born 1952).

Festivals and Commemorations

December 13th is the Saints Day of Santa Llúcia and as we're in the lead up to the festive season, the day is traditionally an excuse for Christmas fairs and markets throughout Catalonia, including Barcelona's celebrated Fira de Santa Llúcia.

Barcelona Province

  • Festa de Santa Llúcia in Gelida (l'Alt Penedès)
  • Festa major d'hivern a Caldes d'Estrac (el Maresme) 

Around Catalonia

  • Festa Major d'hivern a l'Estartit (el Baix Empordà) 
  • Festa de Santa Llúcia a Bellmunt de Priorat (el Priorat) 
  • Festa major d'hivern a Santes Creus, Aj. Aiguamurcia (l'Alt Camp) 

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