February is a month of celebration in Andorra, with a number of important days marking religious and cultural traditions. From the Feast of Saint Blaise to the Carnival of Canillo, there is something for everyone to enjoy during this winter month.
February 3: Feast of Saint Blaise
The Feast of Saint Blaise is a Christian holiday that celebrates the life and martyrdom of Saint Blaise, a 4th-century bishop of Sebastea in Armenia. Saint Blaise is the patron saint of throat ailments, and his feast day is traditionally celebrated with a blessing of throats. In Andorra, the blessing of throats is performed by priests using two crossed candles.
February 9: Carnival of Canillo
The Carnival of Canillo is one of the most popular carnivals in Andorra. It is held in the village of Canillo, and features a variety of festivities, including parades, concerts, and dances. The highlight of the carnival is the “Crema del Carnestoltes,” or the Burning of the Carnestoltes, a giant puppet that symbolizes winter. The puppet is burned on the last day of the carnival, marking the end of winter and the beginning of spring.
February 14: Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is a popular holiday celebrated around the world, and Andorra is no exception. On Valentine’s Day, couples exchange gifts and express their love for each other. Many restaurants in Andorra offer special Valentine’s Day menus, and couples often enjoy spending the evening together.
February 22: Feast of Our Lady of Meritxell
Our Lady of Meritxell is the patron saint of Andorra, and her feast day is one of the most important holidays in the country. The feast day is celebrated with a mass at the Sanctuary of Meritxell, followed by a procession through the streets of Andorra la Vella, the capital city.
February 25: Carnaval de Sant Julià de Lòria
The Carnaval de Sant Julià de Lòria is another popular carnival in Andorra. It is held in the village of Sant Julià de Lòria, and features a variety of festivities, including parades, concerts, and dances. The highlight of the carnival is the “Enfarinada,” or the Flour Fight, where participants throw flour at each other.
In addition to these important days, February is also a popular time for skiing and other winter sports in Andorra. The country has a number of world-class ski resorts, and visitors can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities throughout the month.
Whether you are interested in religious traditions, cultural celebrations, or winter sports, Andorra has something to offer you in February. Be sure to mark this important month on your calendar and plan your trip to Andorra today!