Feast of San Sebastián in Súria

19/01/2021 - 20/01/2021
24/01/2021

Súria will celebrate a very special edition of the traditional renewal of the People's Vow in San Sebastián, in a health emergency situation due to the pandemic and with a reduced program of events due to anti-Covidien prevention measures. The celebration will begin with a proclamation of restricted-capacity parties, led by health professionals and broadcast on YouTube.

The origin of the People's Vow
In 1885, a cholera epidemic killed about 80 people in Súria, although the total number of patients was around 280 people (15% of the population). This is the greatest tragedy that Súria has suffered in peacetime in recent centuries.

Although cholera spread throughout much of Catalonia between the years 1884-86, Súria was one of the localities where the epidemic was most virulent. The first victim occurred on September 10, 1885. Given the incidence that the epidemic was taking, the City Council, chaired by the mayor Joan Santamaria, requested the help of the main institutions of the country. The last death caused by cholera took place on October 21.

The disease marked the contemporary history of the city, strengthening the bonds of solidarity between neighbors, personalities and authorities. On September 20, 1885, the villagers went in procession to San Salvador and instituted the People's Vow in honor of San Sebastián, traditionally considered a protector against plagues. For this reason, January 20, the day of San Sebastián, is a local holiday in Súria.

In addition to the celebration of the People's Vow, the memory of the epidemic continues to be present in the names of some of the city's streets that were dedicated to people and institutions that played a prominent role in the fight against cholera and care for the sick: Antonio González Solesio (civil governor of Barcelona), Domènec Quinquer (doctor), Ignasi Abadal (textile industrialist), Salvador Vancell (teacher) and the Diputación de Barcelona.


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