Community Festival of Madrid in Madrid in 2020

Community Festival of Madrid in Madrid in 2020
  How long until Community Festival of Madrid?
This holiday next takes place in 164 days.
  Dates of Community Festival of Madrid in Madrid
2021 Sun, May 2Regional Holiday
2020 Sat, May 2Regional Holiday
2019 Thu, May 2Regional Holiday
2018 Wed, May 2Regional Holiday
2017 Tue, May 2Regional Holiday
  Summary
Madrid only. Marks a rebellion against the French during the War of Independence
  Local name
Comunidad de Madrid

When is the Community Day of Madrid?

This regional holiday is celebrated in Madrid annually on May 2nd. Known as 'Comunidad de Madrid' in Spanish, this holiday celebrates a rebellion against the French in the War of Independence.

History of the Community Day of Madrid

In 1808, Madrid had been occupied by French troops since late March. Charles IV of Spain had been forced by Napoleon to abdicate in favour of his son, Ferdinand VII. Both father and son were living in the French town of Bayonne.

On May 2nd 1808, French troops under the command of general Murat attempted to take Charles IV's daughter and youngest son, to take them to Bayonne. The Madrid city governors finally agreed to the French demands, but when the French got to the Royal Palace, a crowd had gathered intent of stopping the French from taking the son and daughter. The French opened fire on the crowd and the uprising started spreading across the city with the local population confronting the vastly better armed French troops.

Many hundreds died in the fighting and the repression after the initial fighting was harsh, with many of the prisoners taken by the French, executed on May 3rd 1808.

The brutal repression by the French of the rebellion was intended as a show of force to establish their control over the region. However, as news of the French repression spread across Spain, it only served to ignite further rebellions and the uprising on May 2nd is now seen as directly leading to the start of the Peninsular war and independence for Spain from France.

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