The day commemorates the fall of Barcelona during the War of the Spanish Succession in 1714 and the subsequent lost of Catalan liberties, institutions and laws. It was first celebrated in 1886, but then under Franco's regime was forbidden, being reinstated in 1980 by the autonomous Catalan Government.
Today there are celebrations all over Catalunya, and of course that means here in Vilanova too. Flowers will be laid at the monument to Francesc Masia at the bottom of the Rambla. Thee will be displays of traditional dancing and of course the bordogassos will be doing their thing.