By Charlie Loran • 09 October 2020 • 10:07
Hispanic Day (Día de la Hispanidad) is an annual national public holiday in Spain on Monday, October 12. So don’t forget to do your shopping on Saturday this week!
The anniversary of Columbus’ landing in the New World on October 12, 1492, is widely celebrated throughout America. It is known as Columbus Day in the United States and as Día de la Raza in various Hispanic American countries.
The celebration of the anniversary in Spain however, dates to 1935 when the first festival was held in Madrid.
The day was known as Día de la Hispanidad, emphasising Spain’s connection to, the international Hispanic community. On November 27, 1981, a royal decree established Día de la Hispanidad as a national holiday.
For those who live here in Spain, you’ll know we have a bank holiday to mark most occasions with a total of 10 national public holidays each year and 14 in the region of Andalucia.
The UK has just eight public holidays each year, but if you think Spain has a lot of holidays Iran has a shocking 27 paid public holidays each year.
All supermarkets, banks, and shops will be closed on Monday to mark the day so don’t forget to do your shopping on Saturday this week!
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