September 8th in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries


This page lists historical and other events on September 8th in Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries as well as a list of births and deaths of well-known Catalans.


1888 - Barcelona: the first international congress held in Barcelona and Catalonia: first International Spiritist Congress, which finished on Sep 13; it was followed by the International Congress of Medical Science (15-9 Sep).

1904 - Roquetes, provínce of Tarragona: founded by the Company of Jesus, the Observatori de l'Ebre starts to function.

1930 - Andorra la Vella: a library is openedin some buildings of the Casa de la Vall, which is the precedent of the Biblioteca Nacional d'Andorra (opened on December 20th 1974).

1996 - Prince Felipe de Borbó assumes the title of Duke of Montblanc.


1666 -Vinaròs: Eugeni Guilló Barceló, Valencian baroque painter (died 1731).

1824 - Girona: Jaume Nunó, composer of the music for the Mexican national anthem.

1848 - València: Constantí Llombart, Valencian writer and valencianist activist.

1862 - València: Mariano Benlliure, Valencian sculptor (died 1947).

1874 - Manresa: Ignasi Domènech i Puigcercós, Catalan cook and gastronomer.

1893 - Sabadell, Provínce of Barcelona: Jaume Ninet i Vallhonrat, a manufacturer of Sabadell cloth, known for having proclaimed the Catalan Republic in Sabadell in 1931.


1017 - Barcelona: Ramon Borrell, Count of Barcelona, Girona and Osona.

1555 - València: Tomás de Villanueva, Augustine preacher and ascetic writer (born 1488).

1654 - Cartagena de Indias, Spanish Empire: Sant Pere Claver, Catalan missionary.

1886 - Benicàssim, Plana Alta: Josep Benet Serra i Julià, Benedictine monk from Mataró, former Bishop of Perth and founder of the congragation of les Oblates del Santíssim Redemptor.

1906 - Godella, Horta Nord: Joaquín María Arnau Miramón, Valencian architect.

1925 - Sabadell: Narcís Giralt i Sallarès, professor of textile theory and painter.

1963 - Madrid: Rafael Benedito Vives, Valencian composer and music teacher (78 anys).

1976 - Barcelona: Joaquim Zamacois i Soler, Catalan composer and music teacher.

2004 - Barcelona: Josep Maria Baget Herms, Catalan journalist, TV critic and teacher.

Festivals and Commemorations

September 8th is the Saints Day of Les Mares de Déu Trobades, which as it is still summer, is an excuse for Festa Majors around Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries.

Barcelona Province

The Festa Major of Caldes d'Estrac in El Maresme is celebrated in honour of La Mare de Déu del Remei but takes place on September 8th rather than in the second week in October.

Around Catalonia

  • Festes del Tura in Olot (la Garrotxa)
  • Festa Major de la Mare de Déu del Claustre in Solsona (el Solsonès)
  • Festa major of Montblanc (la Conca de Barberà)
  • Festes majors of Gandesa (la Terra Alta)
  • Festa Major del Camí in Cambrils (el Baix Camp)
  • Festa Major in les Borges del Camp (el Baix Camp)
  • Festa major of Tremp (el Pallars Jussà)
  • Festa major of Castell d'Aro-Platja d'Aro (el Baix Empordà)
  • Festa major of Breda (la Selva)

Around the Catalan-speaking Countries

  • Festa major of Maó (Menorca)
  • Festes de la Mare de Déu de la Salut, Maria de la Salut (Mallorca)
  • Festes de la Mare de Déu de Loreto in Mutxamel (l'Alacantí)
  • Festes patronals of Peniscola (el Baix Maestrat)
  • Festes de la Mare de Déu de L'Olivar in Alaquàs (l'Horta Oest) 
  • Festes de la Mare de Déu de la Salut in Algemesí (la Ribera Alta)
  • Festes patronals de la Mare de Déu del Puig (l'Horta Nord)

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