January 17th is the Saints' Day of Sant Antoni Abat, known as Saint Anthony the Great in English, was a Christian monk who lived in Egypt between AD 251 and 356 and is considered one of the first Christian hermits.
According to his biographer Athanasius of Alexandria he lived the life of a peripatetic monk until AD 285 when he went into the Egytian mountains, where he lived for 20 years.
Anthony returned to community life in AD 305, where he is said to have performed miracles and formed a group of disciples, who he took up to mountains to form communities on various occasions.
He attempted but failed to become a martyr under Maximian and founded another religious community known as the Mountain of Saint Anthony.
He was close friends with Saint Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, and attempted to lobby Emperor Constantine on his behalf when he was exiled.
Anthony lived to see Athanasius' reinstatement and visited him in Alexandria before returning to the mountains, where he died on January 17th 356 at the age of 105.
January 17th is the Saints' Day of Sant Antoni, a Christian monk who lived in Egypt between AD 251 and 356 and is the reason for a number of winter festivals in the Catalan-speaking countries, including the popular procession known as Els Tres Tombs, Els Tonis and the Demonis of Sant Antoni.