La Diada Nacional de Catalunya is a day-long festival in Catalonia. It commemorates the defeat of Catalonia during the War of the Spanish Succession.
The Catalan troops that initially fought in support of the Habsburg dynasty’s claim to the Spanish throne, and for Catalonia’s freedom, were finally defeated at the Siege of Barcelona by the army of the Borbon king Philip V of Spain on 11 September 1714 after 14 months of siege. That meant the loss of the Catalan constitutions under the aegis of the Nueva Planta decrees.
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.
Independentist organizations and political parties traditionally lay floral offerings at the monuments of the leaders of the defence of the city Rafael Casanova and General Moragues for their fight against the king Philip V of Spain.
Typically, Catalan nationalists organize demonstrations and meet at the Fossar de les Moreres of Barcelona, where they pay homage to the defenders of city who died during the siege and were buried there. Throughout the day, there are independentist demonstrations and cultural events in most of Catalan villages and many citizens wave senyeres and estelades.
FC Barcelona is to attend to annual offering of a floral tribute to the monument to Rafael Casanova and the club’s delegation will be headed by Josep Maria Bartomeu. Other members of the Board that will be attending include Carles Vilarrubí, Jordi Moix and Pau Vilanova.
The first team will be represented by captain Xavi Hernández and goalkeeper Jordi Masip.
The basketball section by technical secretary Joan Creus and coach Xavi Pascual
The handball section by youth coordinator Andrey Xepkin and reserve team captain Beto Miralles
The roller hockey section by manager Ricard Muñoz and captain Aitor Egurrola
The futsal section by coach Marc Carmona and captain Paco Sedano.
Representing the football academy will be women’s team coach Xavier Llorens and team captain Marta Unzué, while Jordi Roura will be there in name of La Masia.
The various youth football teams will be represented by Martí Riera (U14), Biel Farrés (U14), Roger Martínez (U12), Sergio Oriol (U12), Héctor Font (U10) and Jan Quiles (U10), while Josep Moratalla will represent the Barça Players Group.
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