Saints' Day of Santa Eulàlia of Barcelona

February 12th

February 12th is the Saints' Day of Santa Eulàlia, who is the co-patron saint of Barcelona, and is motive for the city's winter festival and others around Catalonia and Catalan countries.

Apparently Eulàlia was born in Sarrià around 290 AD and was martyred in Roman Barcelona, Barcino, during the Diocletian persecutions at the age of 13, probably in the year 303 although there are doubts the veracity of her existence and some claim she has been confused with Saint Eulàlia of Merida.

She looked after geese when was young and one of the theories why there are always 13 geese in the cloister of Barcelona Cathedral, which is dedicated to her, is to commemorate her age when she was martyred.

Her remains were transferred to Barcelona Cathedral from Santa Maria de les Arenes, now Santa Maria del Mar, and there is an impressive gothic sepulchre in her honour, designed by Lupo di Francesco in 1339.

The standard of Santa Eulàlia is only flown when Barcelona is in great danger and the Conseller en Cap Rafael Casanova famously carried it in the last moments of the Siege of Barcelona on September 11th 1714 before the city fell to the Franco-Castilian troops at the end of the War of the Spanish Succession.





Festes de Santa Eulàlia

February 12th is the Saints' Day of Santa Eulàlia, who is the co-patron saint of Barcelona, and is motive for the city's winter festival and others around Catalonia and Catalan countries.

Barcelona Province

Around Catalonia

  • Festa Major de Santa Eulàlia in Erill-la Vall (l'Alta Ribagorça) 
  • Festes de Santa Eulàlia a Banyeres del Penedès (el Baix Penedès)
  • Santa Eulàlia in la Vall d'Aran 
  • Festa major petita a Éller (la Cerdanya)  




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