February 2nd in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries

This page lists historical and other events on February 2nd in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries as well as festivals and a list of births and deaths of well-known Catalans.


1352 - Bòsfor: The Catalan fleet defeats the Genoese at the Battle of Bòsfor.

1976 - Sabadell: Massive family demonstration against which the police charged and children were injured. The city was paralysed and the workers claimed they were running the city.

2006 - Barcelona: The world mobile 3GSM conference begins for the first time in the city.


1894 - Castelló de la Plana: Àngel Sánchez Gozalbo, Valencian writer (died 1987).

1908 - Castelló de la Plana: Lluís Sales Boli, Valencian painter, folklorist and writer (died 1981).

1973 - Miguel Poveda: Flamenco cantaor or singer.


1828 - Barcelona: Francesc Salvà i Campillo, Catalan doctor, physicist and meteorologist.

1999 - Vilafranca del Penedès (l'Alt Penedès): Carles Sabater, lead singer Sau and actor.

2009 - Sabadell: Antoni Farrés i Sabater, Catalan lawyer and politician, mayor of Sabadell from 1979 to 1999.

Festivals and Commemorations

February 2nd is the Festival of La Candelera, 40 days after Christmas, which celebrates the presentation of Jesus in the temple and the purification of his mother, Mary, and is the reason for a number of winter festivals around Catalonia.

Around Catalonia

  • Festa de la Candelera in Castelló d'Empúries (l'Alt Empordà)
  • Festa Major de la Candelera in Palau-saverdera (l'Alt Empordà) 
  • Festa major de la Candelera in L'Ametlla de Mar (el Baix Ebre)
  • Festa de la Candelera in Calafell (el Baix Penedès)

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