Honduras Independence Day around the world in 2024

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2025 HondurasSep 15
Honduras Mon, Sep 15National Holiday
2024 HondurasSep 15
Honduras Sun, Sep 15National Holiday
2023 HondurasSep 15
Honduras Fri, Sep 15National Holiday
2022 HondurasSep 15
Honduras Thu, Sep 15National Holiday
2021 HondurasSep 15
Honduras Wed, Sep 15National Holiday

Commemorates the independence of the Central American provinces from Spanish rule in 1821

When is Honduran Independence Day?

This public holiday is Honduras' National Day and is always celebrated on 15th September. It commemorates the independence of the Central American provinces from Spanish rule in 1821.

History of Honduran Independence Day

On his fourth and final voyage to the Americas, Christopher Columbus landed in Trujillo on 14 August 1502. It was the first time he had actually set foot on the Central American mainland. The water in the bay was very deep and he named the area Golfo de Honduras, meaning ' The Gulf of the Depths'.

In 1524, Hernán Cortés, the Spanish Conquistador arrived in the region to consolidate the military victories over Mexico, establishing the settlement of Triunfo de la Cruz, beginning almost 300 years of Spanish rule.

Honduras became part of the Kingdom of Guatemala, which included the present-day nations of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, and the Mexican state of Chiapas.

Spain had been weakened by its involvement in the Peninsular War in Europe and local juntas had been created as local Spanish had revolted against the rule of King Joseph, Napoleon's brother who had been installed as ruler of Spain by the French.

This taste for independent rule persisted after King Ferdinand came to the Spanish throne and on 15 September 1821, the Act of Independence of Central America was declared by the Province of Guatemala.

Following independence and despite opposition from El Salvador, the regions became part of the Mexican Empire, until they ceded to become the Federal Republic of Central America in 1823.

How is Honduran Independence Day Celebrated?

Typical festivities include parades with colourful floats and marching bands from local schools. School children perform dances and plays showcasing Honduran history and culture.

Many families celebrate this day by gathering to enjoy the country’s national dish, plato típico, which includes beans, beef, cabbage, plantains, cream, and tortillas. Others may grab a popular snack called baleada—a folded tortilla with beans, cheese, and sour cream—from among the many street vendors along a parade route and in most town squares.

Later in the evening, official ceremonies end with people gathering to sing the Honduran national anthem as the flag is lowered. However, in many communities, the street parties can carry on well into the night.

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