Next La Mercè holiday is on

24th September 2021, Friday

What is La Mercè?

La Mercè

La Mercè is an annual holiday that is idiosyncratic to Barcelona. It commemorates the Mother of Jesus; for she is the patroness of the city. The holiday has been celebrated since 1871 on the 24th of September every year, with a governmental program of special activities.

It is believed that the Virgin Mary appeared to King James of Aragon and St. Peter Nolasco in the 13th century, and plead them to create a religious order denominated the Mercedarian Order – an endeavor to free the Christian captives from the Moors, regardless of the ramifications. The Mercedarian Order was not ceased after accomplishing its primary task; but rather, it continued to thrive.

In the year 1687, the governing council of Barcelona, after failing to put an end to the plague of locusts, prayed for Mary’s succor. The interposition of the Virgin Mary to relieve the city of the epidemic was recognized by the Mercedarian Order, and a feast day was established to commemorate and honor the Virgin Mary for her perpetual efforts in saving the city.

When is La Mercè?

How long until La Mercè?
Next La Mercè takes place in 163 Days.
Dates of La Mercè
YearWeekdayDate
2024 Tuesday24th Sep
2023 Sunday24th Sep
2022 Saturday24th Sep
2021 Friday24th Sep
2020 Thursday24th Sep
2019 Tuesday24th Sep
2018 Monday24th Sep
2017 Sunday24th Sep
2016 Saturday24th Sep
2015 Thursday24th Sep
Duration
1 Day

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