Hispanic Day in Spain in 2020

  How long until Hispanic Day?
This holiday next takes place in 325 days.
  Dates of Hispanic Day in Spain
2021 Spain Tue, Oct 12 Public Holiday
2020 Spain Mon, Oct 12 Public Holiday
2019 Spain Sat, Oct 12 Public Holiday
2018 Spain Fri, Oct 12 Public Holiday
2017 Spain Thu, Oct 12 Public Holiday
  Summary
This national holiday commemorates the exact date when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas

When is Hispanic Day?

This holiday is always celebrated on October 12th. If October 12th is a Sunday, then some regions may move the holiday to Monday October 13th.

It is Spain’s National Holiday and is also known as Hispanic Day or Fiesta Nacional de España or Día de la Hispanidad (in Spanish).

History of Hispanic Day

This national holiday commemorates the exact date when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas.

Columbus was attempting to find a western sea route to India. After leaving the Canary Islands, Columbus' ships had been sailing west for five weeks, when on the morning of October 12th 1492, land was spotted.

The sighting is recorded as having been made by a lookout, but Columbus insisted that he had seen a light from land a few hours earlier, therefore making sure that he was awarded a lifetime pension from the Spanish Royal family for being the first person to spot land.

They then made landfall at an island in the Bahamas, which he named San Salvador, though it is not sure which island in the Bahamas this actually was.

Columbus' voyages across the Atlantic Ocean initiated the European exploration and colonization of the Americas.

Did you know?

While the first voyage in 1492 was immensely significant, Columbus did not actually reach the American mainland until his third voyage in 1498.

Though the holiday marks the day Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World, in 1987 Spain removed any reference to Spanish colonialism from the name of the holiday.

How is Hispanic Day celebrated?

A military parade in Madrid is a key part of the celebrations each year. The Presidente del Gobierno (Prime Minister) has a special role in the ceremony, only second to the King. Then a wide array of authorities, from foreign diplomats deployed in Spain to members of the Autonomous governments, are invited to attend the parade.

Apart from the huge parade in the capital, Madrid, there are plenty of other celebrations that take place throughout the rest of the country.

In the Autonomous Community of Aragon, this date also commemorates Our Lady of the Pillar (their patroness). It is also observed by the Civil Guard.

Note that public transport will run on a "Sunday service" with less frequency. Look out for "domingos y festivos" on timetables. Some shops will be closed, especially outside city centers and tourist destinations. Most restaurants will be open.

Celebrate Spanish National Day with your Hue lights

Did you know?

Three facts about Hispanic Day

The world’s oldest existing lighthouse is the Tower of Hercules in Spain. It was erected in the first century. It is still operational today.

Spain once ruled 21 countries that are independent today.

According to records, the first known stapler was made in the 18th century in the Basque country for the French King Louis XV.

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