January in Catalonia

and the Catalan-speaking countries


January 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 quite cold but the skies are often so January is a particularly lovely month to be in Catalonia.

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 January in Catalonia focus on the the cold weather.

The one of chosen to illustrate the month combines the two ideas and is "Pel Gener, No Treguis El Nas Al Carrer" (In January, Don't Put Your Nose Out Into The Street).


January 1st 1960 - Catalonia: La pell de brau by Salvador Espriu is published.

January 16th 1641 - Barcelona: Pau Claris proclaims the Catalan Republic under the protection of the Kingdom of France, although a week later he recognises the sovereignty of Louis XIII, in The Reapers' War.

January 16th 1716 - Catalunya: The Consell de Castella, in the name of Felipe V, promotes Decree of the Nueva Planta, annexes Catalonia under as the Crown of Castile as a conquered territory under a military administration by abolishing the sovereign institutions.

January 21st 2006 - The president of the Spanish government, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, and leader of CiU, Artur Mas meet in La Moncloa to agree on modifications on the text of the Catalan Statute of Autonomy or Estatut passed by the Parliament of Catalonia.

January 27th 2005 - Barcelona: One of the tunnels of the extension of Line 5 of Barcelona Metro in the Carmel neighbourhood collapses. A large 35-metre deep whole appears,  a garage collapses, more than a thousand people have to be rehoused and another building needs to be demolished. There are no mortal victims.


January 1st 1586 - Barcelona: Pau Claris i Casademunt, politician, priest and President of the Generalitat of Catalunya at the start of The Reapers' War.

January 5th 1881 - Maella (Matarranya): Pau Gargallo i Catalán, Catalan sculptor (died 1934).

January 6th 1873 - Barcelona: Joaquim Mir i Trinxet, Catalan painter.

January 10th 1859 - Alella, El Maresme: Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, Catalan teacher and freethinker.

January 11th 1943 - Barcelona: Eduard Mendoza, Catalan writer in the Spanish language.

January 13th 1941 - Barcelona: Pasqual Maragall, Catalan politician, 127th President of the Generalitat of Catalonia.

January 13th 1947 - Barcelona: Carles Rexach i Cerdà, Catalan footballer and coach.

January 18th 1971 - Santpedor, Bages: Josep Guardiola i Sala, Catalan footballer and coach.

January 19th 1919 - Barcelona: Joan Brossa, Catalan poet, playwright and plastic artist.

January 20th 1479 - Fernando the Catholic accedes to the throne of Aragon.

January 21st 1901 - Barcelona: Ricard Zamora, Catalan goalkeeper, who played for FC Barcelona and RCD Español (died 1978).

January 23rd 1350 - València: Sant Vicent Ferrer, Valencian Dominican monk who travelled Europe preaching his vision of Christianity (died 1419).

January 25th 1233 - Palma: Ramon Llull, escriptor, philosopher, mystic, theologian, teacher and missionary (died around 1315).

January 25th 1980 - Terrassa: Xavier Hernández i Creus, former Futbol Club Barcelona footballer.

January 31st 1956 - Barcelona: Artur Mas i Gavarró, 129th President de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Catalan economist and politician.


January 5th 1387 - Barcelona: Pere the Cerimonious, monarch of the Crown of Aragon (67 years old ).

January 8th 1990 - Barcelona: Jaime Gil de Biedma, Catalan poet in the Spanish language (born 1929).

January 10th 1983 - Barcelona: Alexandre Cirici i Pellicer,  Catalan art critic, writer, politician and teacher (born 1914).

January 17th 1959 - Barcelona: Joan Amades i Gelats, important Catalan folklorist.

January 19th 1305 - València: Roger de Llúria, military leader educated in the court of the King of Aragon (born 1250).

January 20th 1997 - Barcelona: Josep Trueta, known as Doctor Trueta, Catalan traumatologist (born 1897).

Festivals and Commemorations

January 1st is Any Nou or New Year's Day

January 5th is the evening before Three Kings' Day, when the the kings arrive in many towns and there's a procession.

January 6th is Three Kings' Day, the Festival of Epiphany, when children receive presents.

January 7th is the Saints' Day of Sant Ramon de Penyafort.

January 9th is the Saints' Day of Sant Julià

January 15th is the Saints' Day of Sant Pau Ermità

January 16th is the Saints' Day of Sant Honorat

January 17th is the Saints' Day of Sant Antoni

January 20th is the Saints' Day of Sant Sebastià

January 22nd is the Saints' Day of Sant Vicenç

January 25th is the Saints' Day of Sant Pau Apòstol

January in Catalonia Day by Day

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