Saints' Day and Festa of  Sant Medir

March 3rd

March 3rd is Saints' Day of Sant Medir of Barcelona. Medir was a peasant farmer and is co-patron saint of Sant Cugat.

His festival is also celebrated in the Barcelona neighbourhoods of Gràcia and Sant Gervasi de Cassoles as well as in Sant Cugat.

Legend has it that, during the Diocletian persecution, Sever, the Bishop of Barcelona was forced to flee Barcino, Roman Barcelona, and on his way to Castrum Octavianum, modern Sant Cugat del Vallès, he came across Medir planting beans in a field.

Decided to die for his faith, Sever told Medir that if he was asked about him, he should tell the truth and carried on his way to Sant Cugat. 

Later some Roman soldiers arrived and asked Medir about Sever. Medir told them that he had gone to Sant Cugat but the soldiers thought he was lying so they took him to Sant Cugat, where executed him alongside Sever.


Festa de Sant Medir

The Festa de Sant Medir is a popular celebration held in Barcelona and Sant Cugat del Vallès, which consists of a procession of horses, carts and lorries that leaves Gràcia and Sant Gervasi de Cassoles in the morning and ends at the Hermitage of Sant Medir in the Collserola hills in the municipal boundaries of Sant Cugat, where a meeting is held in honour of the saint.

The most important part of the festival is at 8 o'clock in the evening, when about 120 horses and carriages and lorries along with drummer bands make another procession around the streets of Gràcia from L'Escorial along Carrer Sant Salvador down Gran de Gràcia to Els Jardinets de Gràcia, where there is a firework display.  

Tons of sweets and candies are thrown out to crowds of children, who normally have buckets, bags and umbrellas to catch them in, and this is the reason why Sant Medir is known as "la festa més dolça" or "the sweetest festival".

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