February 8th in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries


This page lists historical and other events on February 8th in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries as well as festivals and a list of births and deaths of well-known Catalans.


1863 - Mataró: The Caixa d'Estalvis Laietana is founded.

1976 - Barcelona: Importants demonstrations throughout the city, put down by the armed police, under the slogan "Llibertat, Amnistia i Estatut d'Autonomia" (Freedom, Amnesty and Statute) answering a call from the Assemblea de Catalunya to the Parc de la Ciutadella. These demonstration had a week earlier on February 1st. 


1885 - Manlleu, Osona: Joan Viladomat i Massanas, Catalan musician (died 1940).

1920 - Barcelona: Josep Maria Ballarín i Monset, priest and writer. Popularly known as "Mossèn Tronxo" (died 2016).

1922 - València: Manuel Oltra i Ferrer, teacher of coral and cobla music (died 2015).


1910 - Sabadell: Francesc Sallarès i Salt, Catalan Escolapian (born 1838).

2005 - Vinaròs (el Baix Maestrat): Alfred Giner i Sorolla, Valencian poet and pharmacologist (born 1919).

Festivals and Commemorations

In 2018, Thursday February 8th is Dijous Gras or Fat Thursday, which marks the start of Carnival, known as Carnestoltes in Catalan.

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