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Thu 10 October 2019

Spain News | Hispanic Day 12th October

Spain’s National Holiday, Hispanic Day or Fiesta Nacional takes place on the 12th of October. 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 12 October 1492, land was spotted.

Hispanic Day Parade

Many businesses and organisations will be closed with some exceptions, depending on what part of Spain you’re in. Hispanic Day gives people the opportunity to spend quality time with family members and close friends.

The king of Spain supervises the raising of the Spanish national flag in the center of Madrid, then he and the Prime Minister lead a military parade. The 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.

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



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