National Spain Day – What’s It All About?

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 | Travel Tips |

Are you looking for cheap holidays to Spain?  All inclusive holidays are a great way for the family to experience the sun, sea and sand as well as the rich historic culture of the country.

How Spain’s Saint Day Came About

Saint Day takes place annually on October 12 – it has done so for years! This day is also a Saint Day for anyone called Pilar – named after the Patron Saint of Zaragoza.

The holiday dates back to the beginning of the last century. In 1913 an influential Spanish business man, Faustino Rodrigues San Pedro, suggested that October 12 be declared Fiesta de la Raza. This translates as Festival of the Race. He proposed that the holiday be celebrated all throughout Spain as well as Latin America and October 12 duly became an official holiday.

13 years later, Spanish priest Zacarias de Vizcarra, wrote an article proposing that the word “Hispanidad” replace the word “race” in respect for the wealth and diversity of South American race and culture. His idea caught on and in 1935, the national holiday was officially dubbed Fiesta de la Hispanidad.

What Happens on October 12?

Try to find all inclusive holidays to Spain this year onwards and join in the festivities! Every year Madrid holds military processions which are meant to symbolise a celebration of peace, accordance and an understanding of fellow Spaniards. Participants in the celebration include members of families of soldiers who were killed in the Yak-42 plane crash; members of the Association for Victims of Terrorism and members of journalists and soldiers killed in Iraq as well as family members of those killed in the previous terrorist attack in Madrid.

The History of Spain’s National Day

During your low cost holidays to Spain, you might like to know more about the history of the national holiday. Well, to begin with, it commemorates the date Christopher Columbus first discovered the Americas.

In 1492, Columbus began his voyage across the Atlantic with the purpose of finding an alternating trade route to India. On October 12, he spotted land. The three ships landed on an island in the Bahamas and named it San Salvador. Over the next couple of months, the crew ventured to the nearby islands of Haiti, Hispaniola and Cuba. Columbus left part of his crew to begin a colony on Haiti and he returned with his two other ships to Spain. They arrived in Lisbon, Portugal in early March 1493 just before returning to Spain. Columbus made another three voyages to the new world between 1493 and 1502 and his legacy became a great source of pride for the Spanish nation.

Today’s National Day

The modern version of the holiday began in 1913 and was designated as a celebration of the Spanish Race. Fourteen years later it was reinterpreted as a day to celebrate the culture and ethnicity of the Spanish people and that’s when it was renamed National Day. In most areas of the country, National Day and the Feast of St. Pilar, the patron saint of Zaragoza, are combined.

Traditions and Customs on Spanish National Day

On this day, all public utilities, government buildings and the majority of businesses are closed while an array of festivities takes place across Spain. The large military parade is the centre of the festivities in Madrid.

Cheap holidays 2013 mean you could jet off to enjoy the National Day festivities this year and why not, in the years to come as well! Travel all inclusive to Spain so that you don’t have to worry about finding accommodation during the celebrations or try looking for package deals to Spain cheap online. This will allow you to relax and enjoy the abundance of celebrations every October 12 without worrying about having to find somewhere to sleep or eat.

If you decide to take your holidays only in Spain this year, try to do so around National Day for an unforgettable cultural experience of festivities, traditional dancing, delicious feasts and the warmest and most welcoming people!

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