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Happy ‘Fiesta Nacional de España’ Everyone!!!!


Happy National Day!!

Hispanic Day (Día de la Hispanidad) or National Day (Fiesta Nacional de España) is an annual national public holiday in Spain on October 12. It commemorates when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas in 1492.

The oh so severe looking Mr Columbus.

What Happens?

The King of Spain supervises the raising of the Spanish national flag in the centre of Madrid. He and the Prime Minister will then lead a military procession. This parade includes representatives from most of Spain’s military units and various military vehicles. Armed forces’ planes perform aerobatics above the parade route and display yellow and red smoke to represent the Spanish flag. Radio, television and Internet news services broadcast live on these events.

Another day off then?

Absolutely! Did you know that Madrid has celebrated 16 Public Holidays this year?! So many I feel I may have lost count and missed a few in-between!

Hispanic Day IS a day off work!!!! I would say normally spent at home, quietly, with family members and close friends, but, knowing Madrid I’d say more like an opportunity for a PARTY!

However, this afternoon, it is oh so quiet……

Generally many businesses and stores, except Opercor (super market) are closed. Public transport services have a reduced schedule too.

If National Day happens to fall on a Sunday, regional or local authorities can move the public holiday to a different date. Example: If October 12 falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, then many businesses and organisations will be closed on Monday October 11, or Friday 13 October.

Some people may use the long weekend to take a short vacation in Spain or abroad during these days. Either way it is ANOTHER excuse for a, party! ‘When in Rome’, well, Madrid anyway, it would be rude therefore NOT to follow their lead!

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