Valencian Community Day

Spain Regional Public Holiday in Spain.


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Anniversary of King James I of Aragons capture of the city from the Moors in 1238

Celebrated annually on 9 October, this is a public holiday in the Valenciana region of Spain. Valencia is the principal city in the region.

If 9 October falls on a weekend, this holiday may be substituted by another. For instance, in 2016, as 9 October was a Sunday, Valenciana observed Easter Monday as a public holiday instead.

History of Valencian Community Day

Known as 'Día de la Comunidad Valenciana', this holiday commemorates the capture of the city of Valencia from Moorish forces in 1238 by King James I of Aragon.

Founded as Valencia by the Romans, the city passed from Christian to Moorish control from the 8th century to the 13th century.

In the spring of 1238, King James I of Aragon laid siege to Valencia and after five months, the Moors finally surrendered on 28 September. On 9 October, James took possession of the city.

Whilst many people from different religions were allowed to stay, fifty thousand Moors were forced to leave. After the Christian victory the city was divided between the forces who had participated in the conquest.

James granted the city new charters of law (known as the 'Furs of Valencia'). The changes brought by James redefined the city and the region in many ways, forming the basis of the character and key traditions of the Valencian region.

The Valencian region gained full autonomy within Spain in 1982.

9th October is also Saint Dionysuis' Day. Dionysuis is regarded as the patron saint of lovers for Valencians and this day is considered to be the most romantic day of the year. As a sign of love and appreciation, women may recieve a Mocadora, a handcrafted marzipan figurine wrapped in silk.

On Valencian Community Day, many businesses and other organisations are closed. Most stores are closed, although some bakers and smaller food stores may open. Public transport services may run on a Sunday or a reduced schedule. The parades and other public events that form part of the celebrations may cause local disruption to traffic, especially in the centres of towns and villages.

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