March in Catalonia

and the Catalan-speaking countries

March 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. 

Spring arrives in March and the weather is quite unpredictable so there is often a run of warm sunny days followed by cooler temperatures and rain.

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 March in Catalonia focus on either the changeable weather or the fact that Spring has arrived.

However, the one of chosen to illustrate the month focuses on how the weather affects your health and is "El Sol de Març Porta Refredats" (The March sun brings colds).



March 10th 988 - (on this or possibly another day in March) Principality of Catalonia: Borrell II doesn't renew the oath of loyalty to the King of France. In effect, the County of Barcelona becomes independent and begins to mint its own coins. The independence of the Principality of Catalonia was ratified in the Treaty of Corbeil in 1258.

March 12th 1965 - Catalonia: Because of declarations he made to Le Monde el November 14th 1963, in which he defended the Catalan national identity, the Francoist authorities expel Abbot Escarré from the Spanish State and force him into exile in Milan.

March 16-18th 1938 - Barcelona: Three days of bombing of Barcelona by the Italian air force.

March 19th 1931 - The union of Partit Republicà Català, the group L'Opinió and Estat Català results in the founding of Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya at the Conferència d'Esquerres.

March 20th 1980 - Catalonia: The first elections to the Parliament since the Second Republic; Heribert Barrera is elected President of the Parliament and Jordi Pujol becomes President of the Generalitat.

March 25th 1892 - Manresa, Province of Barcelona: The beginning of the debates of the Bases de Manresa, the beginning of the doctrine of Catalanism.

March 29th 1412 - Casp, Kingdom of Aragon: The beginning of the sessions of the Compromise of Casp to choose a successor to the throne of the Crown of Aragon.


March 8th 1841 - Barcelona, Barcelonès: Valentí Almirall i Llozer, Catalan politician and writer.

March 8th 1897 - Palafrugell, Baix Empordà: Josep Pla i Casadevall, Catalan writer and journalist.

March 11th 1927 - Barcelona: Josep Maria Subirachs i Sitjar, Catalan sculptor, painter, engraver, set designer and art critic. His best known work is probably the Passion Facade of the Basilica of the Sagrada Família in Barcelona.

March 19th 1929 - Roda de Ter (Osona): Miquel Martí i Pol, Catalan poet, writer and translator (died 2003).

March 24th 1935 - Mataró, Maresme: Pere Pubill i Calaf, better known as Peret, creator of the Rumba Catalana (died 2014).


March 2nd 1974 - Barcelona: Salvador Puig i Antich, anarchist executed by the Francoist authorities (born 1948).

March 3rd 1459 - València: Ausiàs March, Valencian poet (born around 1397).

March 10th 1923 - Barcelona: Salvador Seguí, el Noi del Sucre, Catalan trades unionist, who was murdered (born 1886).

March 12th 1942 - Barcelona: Enric Morera i Viura, Catalan composer.

March 22nd 2017 - Agustí Montal i Costa, FC Barcelona president 1969-77

March 24th 2016 - Barcelona: Johan Cruyff, football player and coach (68 years old).

March 27th 1715 - Barcelona: Josep Moragues, Catalan general, beheaded by Felipe V troops for his role in the War of the Spanish Succession. For the next 12 years, his head would be in an iron cage hanging from the Portal de Mar in Barcelona (born 1669).

Festivals and Commemorations

March 3rd is the Saints' Day of Sant Medir

March 8th is the Saints' Day of Sant Joan de Déu

March 23rd is the of Saints' Day of Sant Josep Oriol

March in Catalonia Day by Day

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