Andalusia day, what a festivity!

Like every year, on the 28th of February, we celebrate Andalusia Day. This day is a free day because we celebrate an important moment in Andalucian history. But do you know what we actually celebrate and have you ever heard about our regional anthem ¨La bandera blanca y verde¨? Also, during this day, you will withness a ton of Andalucian flags! Any idea why we portrait Hercules on some of them? Probably not, so we will give you the details! Excited? Lets take a quick look!   Know the past to understand the present Ever heard of Andalusian Nationalism? This sense of feeling was already noticeable since the 19th century and the foundation of the today autonomous region Andalucia. Back then, Andalucia was part of another autonomouse region Castilla la Mancha. This against the wish of the people from (now) Andalucia. With this sence of feeling, people couldn’t do much since the dictatorial time frame. Even though people couldn’t do much, nationalism in Andalusia gained popularity below the radar, during the period dictator Franco ruled Spain. Stil, people desired to be an autonomous region and after the death of Franco (1975), things changed drastically for Spain. For example, from 1977 political parties and unions became legal again and the monarchie was honored […]

Like every year, on the 28th of February, we celebrate Andalusia Day. This day is a free day because we celebrate an important moment in Andalucian history. But do you know what we actually celebrate and have you ever heard about our regional anthem ¨La bandera blanca y verde¨? Also, during this day, you will withness a ton of Andalucian flags! Any idea why we portrait Hercules on some of them?

Probably not, so we will give you the details!

Excited? Lets take a quick look!

 

Know the past to understand the present

28 de febreroEver heard of Andalusian Nationalism? This sense of feeling was already noticeable since the 19th century and the foundation of the today autonomous region Andalucia. Back then, Andalucia was part of another autonomouse region Castilla la Mancha. This against the wish of the people from (now) Andalucia. With this sence of feeling, people couldn’t do much since the dictatorial time frame.

Even though people couldn’t do much, nationalism in Andalusia gained popularity below the radar, during the period dictator Franco ruled Spain. Stil, people desired to be an autonomous region and after the death of Franco (1975), things changed drastically for Spain. For example, from 1977 political parties and unions became legal again and the monarchie was honored again. For Andalusia, it was time to to take matters into their own hands.

With the newly gained freedom, a million Andalusians went into the streets to request the opportunity to vote to become an autonomous region. This desire got honored. In 1980 on the 28th of February, people in Andalucia had the opportunity to vote in a referendum. From the 8 provinces we know now in Andalucia, 7 voted for an independent Andalusia. You can call this a huge succes!

Almeria was the only province where the people voted against an autonomous Andalusia. This created a huge political debate and the Spanish Court got involved. The outcome was yet unsure. There was even a possibility, Almeria would become its own autonomous region! Eventually Spanish court changed the law of the referendum. With this new law, the administrators of Almaria where the one to make the final decission. The administrators decided to ignore the vote of the people in Almaria, and decided to become part of Andalucia. And so, in 1982 Andalusia was officially an autonomous region when the ´Estatuto de Autonomía´was approved. Andalusia has its own regional government since then.

 

”Andalusía por sí, para España y la humanidad”

During this important day, you will notice many flags in the cities of Andalusia. The people in Andalusia are proud of their region. The colors of the flag are green and white. Together, they represent the idea of purity, peace, and hope for the future, as the anthem of Andalucia says:

”La bandera blanca y verdeandalusian flag

vuelve tras siglos de guerra

a sembrar paz y esperanza

bajo el sol de nuestra tierra”

You can find the flag with the ‘’escudo’’ in the middle. Sometimes even more simple, without it. The ‘’escudo of Andalucía’’ is an image of Hercules between two columns, that represent the entrance of the Street of Gibraltar. There is also a sentence under the columns: ‘’Andalusía por sí, para España y la humanidad’’. And another one on the top: ‘’Dominator Hércules Fundator’’.

But did you know that each province has a special flag? You are probably not going to see those during Andalusia day, as people are celebrating the whole region of Andalusia! If you are interested to get to know them, check out our Andalusian Flags Quiz!

 

The ”Festivo”

dia de andalucia Banks, schools and shops are usually closed on Andalusia day. Some restaurants and bars are open so you can taste typic Andalusian food during this ”festivo”!

If the 28th of February falls on a Sunday, authorities move the ‘’festivo’’ to a different day, usually to Monday, to make sure that we don’t lose any special event ???? This happens with every ”festivo” in Andalusia.

During ¨Día de Andalucía¨, people usually go out with family and close friends. Many organize parties with traditional Andalucian food:  flamenquín, tortillitas de camarones, pestiños de miel y muchos más! During this day, you will see a lot of Andalucian flags hanging from the balconies. Also you migh withnis people singin the regional anthem in the streets of city centers.

 

What are your plans for Andalusia day?

colegio andalucia

In 2020, Andalusia Day is held on Friday! That means a long weekend for everybody! You could spend this time in your own city or use the extra day to explore Andalusia!

What about a road trip? Sevilla is the capital of this region. This is a remarkable place to celebrate Andalucia day.

Do you feel more like partying? Remember it´s also Carnival on 28th of February. Malaga is one of the biggest cities in Andalusia and here we have a ton of festivities going on. On friday the 28th of February we have Gods and Goddess’ Carnival Parade. On the 29th we have another parade, the Parade of the Gods. Also, on the 29th, we have a Battle of the Flowers! Check all the info in this guide! Everything is held on, or close to, Plaza de Constitución!

If you want to explore another Carnival destination, we recommend you Carnival of Cadiz . It´s only a few hours from Malaga, and in a beautyful ancient city in Andalucia.

We are sure you will enjoy this weekend but remember to plan. A lot of places will have adjusted openings hours for that day. But sure, this won´t stop you to enjoy it! ¡Qué disfrutéis! 

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