Today is “Catalan Day” here in Barcelona.
The National Day of Catalonia is a day-long festival in Catalonia.
It commemorates the defeat of the Catalan troops fighting during the War of the Spanish Succession.
The Catalan troops that fought in support of the Habsburg dynasty’s claim to the Spanish throne were defeated at the Siege of Barcelona by the army of the Bourbon king Philip V of Spain on 11 September 1714 after 14 months of siege.
The holiday was first celebrated in 11 September 1886, was suppressed by the Franco dictatorship in 1939 and reinstated in 1980 by the government of Catalonia, the Generalitat de Catalunya, upon its restoration after the Franco dictatorship.