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Saints' Day of Sant Elm

June 2nd

June 2nd is the Saints' Day of Sant Elm, who was bishop of Formia and as he is patron saint of sailors, his festival is celebrated in a number of towns around Catalonia.

Elm was born Erasmus in Antioch on the Orontes towards the end of the third century and martyred under Diocletian in around AD 303 but his Passion wasn't created until the 6th century.

In 842, when Formia was sacked by Muslims, Sant Elm's relics were transferred to nearby Gaeta and in 917 he was declared patron saint of the city.

He was actually known as Saint Erasmus until the Middle Ages, when he was adopted by sailors as their patron saint and he became popularly known as Sant Elm or Saint Elmo in English.

The reason for this was because, according to his Passion, he had continued preaching even after a bolt of lightning had hit the the ground right next to him and consequently, Sant Elm was invoked as protection against lightning at sea, which became known as Saint Elmo's fire.

Although Sant Elm's festival is still celebrated in Catalonia, after the medieval period, he was gradually replaced by Sant Pere or la Mare de Déu del Carme as the main protector of sailors.





Festes de Sant Elm

June 2nd is the Saints' Day of Sant Elm, who was bishop of Formia and as he is patron saint of sailors, his festival is celebrated in a number of towns around Catalonia.

Barcelona Province

  • Regata de Vaixells d’Època, Clàssics, Clàssics de fibra i Vela Llatina at the Museu Marítim in Barcelona
  • Baixada de barques a la platja a l'estil tradicional in Sant Pol de Mar (el Maresme)

Around Catalonia

  • Festa de Sant Elm in Lloret de Mar (la Selva)
  • Festa de Sant Elm in Tossa de Mar (la Selva)




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