November 30th is the Saints Day of Sant Andreu or Andrew the Apostle, which despite the cold weather, is an excuse for Festa Majors around Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries.
According to the New Testament, Andreu or Andrew was first a follower of John the Baptist and then became one on Jesus of Nazareth's twelve disciples
Sant Andreu was born in Bethsaida in Galilee in the first century BC and died in Patras in Peloponnese around 38 AD.
Apparently, he was known by his Greek name, Andreas, which was common among the Jews, Christians, and other Hellenized people of Judea and means manly or brave.
Sant Andreu is generally shown bearded carrying a bible and a cross in shape of an X and is the patron saint of many countries, including Scotland, Barbados, Georgia, Ukraine, Russia, Sicily, Greece, Cyprus and Romania, and of professions such as fishermen, fishmongers and rope-makers, textile workers, singers and miners as well as pregnant women, butchers, farm workers.
In Catalonia, he is the patron saint of the Barcelona district of Sant Andreu del Palomar and the Maresme towns of Sant Andreu de Llavaneres and Sant Andreu de la Barca amongst others and his feast day is typically celebrated with cercaviles or processions of gegants and xocolatades.
November 30th is the Saints' Day of Sant Andreu, which despite the cold weather, is an excuse for Festa Majors around Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries.