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NATIONAL DAY

When is National Day in 2019?

National Day in 2019 is on the Saturday, 12th of Oct (10/12/2019).

National Day is on the 285th day of 2019. There are 80 days left in the year.

National Day Facts

  • Date: Oct 12, 2019
  • National
  • Also Called: Hispanic Day
  • Celebrations: Flag Hoisting, Parades, Air Show
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October 12 is celebrated as the National Day or Fiesta Nacional de Espana in Spain. It is also called the Hispanic Day or the Dia de la Hispanidad. The day is celebrated to commemorate the arrival of Columbus in Americas in 1906. It is also celebrated as the day of the Armed Forces in Spain.

It was on August 3, 1492 that Columbus first set foot from the port of Palod de la Frontera in Spain. He ended up on an island that's part of the Caribbean now. Up until 1987, the day was celebrated as the Hispanic Day in Spain to celebrate the country's association with Hispanidad. Hispanidad is a common community formed by countries of Hispanic origin. In 1987, through an official order, the day was renamed as the National Day of Spain. Prior to that, the National Day of Spain used to be celebrated on different dates over the years. The Hispanic Day was renamed as the National Day as a compromise between the Republicans and Conservatives. The Conservatives wanted to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the country while the Republicans wanted to showcase the strengthening democracy of the country.

The day sees muted celebrations in the country. It is marked with raising of Spain's National Flag in Madrid by the king of Spain. The flag raising ceremony is followed by a military parade which showcases the country's weapons and artillery. An air show also takes place with the armed forces performing acrobatic maneuvers in the air. Other than that, there is not much celebration on the streets. It is a public holiday. Therefore, most of the shops and all the offices are closed on this day. Most of the people stay at home with their families and watch the live telecast of the parade and air show on TV.

The day is also celebrated in other countries by different names to commemorate the arrival of Columbus in Americas. In Bahamas, it is celebrated as the Discovery Day; in Costa Rica, it is the Day of the Cultures; in Argentine, it is the Day of the Races; while in Chile and Mexico, October 12 is celebrated as the Day of Indigenous Resistance.

National Day Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Mon
  • Oct 12, 2009
  • National Day
  • Tue
  • Oct 12, 2010
  • National Day
  • Wed
  • Oct 12, 2011
  • National Day
  • Wed
  • Oct 12, 2016
  • Thu
  • Oct 12, 2017
  • Fri
  • Oct 12, 2018
  • Sat
  • Oct 12, 2019

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of Spain in 2019

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
TuesdayTueJan 01, 2019Jan 01New Year's Day
SundaySunJan 06, 2019Jan 06Epiphany
TuesdayTueMar 19, 2019Mar 19San Jose (Many Regions)
ThursdayThuApr 18, 2019Apr 18Maundy Thursday (Many Regions)
FridayFriApr 19, 2019Apr 19Good Friday
MondayMonApr 22, 2019Apr 22Easter Monday (Many Regions)
WednesdayWedMay 01, 2019May 01Labor Day
ThursdayThuAug 15, 2019Aug 15Assumption Day
SaturdaySatOct 12, 2019Oct 12Hispanic Day
FridayFriNov 01, 2019Nov 01All Saints Day
FridayFriDec 06, 2019Dec 06Constitution Day
SundaySunDec 08, 2019Dec 08Immaculate Conception Day
MondayMonDec 09, 2019Dec 09Immaculate Conception Holiday
WednesdayWedDec 25, 2019Dec 25Christmas Day
ThursdayThuDec 26, 2019Dec 26Day after Christmas