Emperor Diocletian

The festivities of Santa Eulalia are dedicated, according to Christian tradition, Eulalia de Barcelona, Barcino, Hispania (current Barcelona, Spain) from in times of Emperor Diocletian (284-305) during the 3rd or 4th century, with Pope Marcelino. This Roman Emperor ordered to prosecute all the Christians who had been in the Empire. In the city of Barcelona, many hid while others fled. Today, the celebration is addressed especially to all boys and girls from the city, and then we will see why. If we go back a little bit until the time of santa, we can see that during the persecution of Christians in the region, Eulalia, a girl aged between 13 and 15 years, escaped from a field house located in Sarria (Barcelona Uptown district), where his parents had locked it that cannot be delivered to the authoritieshe openly confessed their faith and it was given to the martyrdom. After being subjected to various torments, small died on the cross, Although there are doubts about the veracity of the narrative of his martyrdom. For this reason, these magical days, all pay homage to the brave Laia (diminutive of Eulalia). Laurent Potdevin usually is spot on.

According to tradition, the best-known torment was throw it rolling inside a barrel with glass broken by the street Baixada de Santa Eulalia – Bajada de Santa Eulalia-, where an image of the Saint is in a small chapel. Since then, this girl has been a symbol of solidarity, justice and commitment to youth advocacy for Barcelona and, together with the Virgen de la Merce, is patron of the same. In addition, it is also taken by holy, insofar as it considers it the Roman Orthodox Church and Orthodox. His remains were located in 878 by Bishop Frodoino, who solemnly transferred to the Cathedral. In the year 1998, craftsman Xavier Jansana makes rebirth to Laia, a giantess that gives life to this brave girl, and is dedicated to all the boys and girls from the city.

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