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Día de Andalucía during the Semana Blanca

Día de Andalucía during the Semana Blanca

The Semana Blanca is still going on and the Día de Andalucía is getting closer each day. As already mentioned in our previous post, on the 28th of Febrary the sovereignity of Andalucia is celebrated, which was announced in 1980. This is ‘Día de Andalucia’.

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Día de Andalucía, view of Andalucia
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Let’s look into the history and the customs of 'Día de Andalucía'...

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History

This day is all about the sovereignity of Andalucia. After the fall of the dictorship of Franco, everyone in Andalucia realized it would be time to become a sovereign province. Therefore teenagers raised flags in Sevilla to try helping Andalucia become autonomous. This unfortunately did not help inmediately. On December the 4th, more or less 2 million Andalucian people went to the streets to fight once again for the sovereignity of Andalucia. This day is also known as the first national day of Andalucia and it was the preamble to ‘Día de Andalucia´.

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Día de Andalucía somewhere in Andalucia
Flags in Spain, Día de Andalucía
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How to celebrate?

The Friday before the begin of Semana Blanca, the majority of the schools in Andalucia celebrate this week and ‘Día de Andalucia’ with a traditional Andalusian breakfast. Such a breakfast consists of a slice of toast with a thin layer of olive oil and orange juice. The schools have prepared activities for that day which are all related to the White Week, like colouring pictures that refer to the symbols of Andalusia, tell about the history and the customs and sing the regional anthem.

The special day, ‘Día de Andalucía’ itself is celebrated differently. Many people prefer to celebrate it quietly with friends or family. A lot of shops are closed and the public transport services have adjusted schedules. In many cities in Andalusia people decorate their balconies with the flag of Andalusia. This flag consists of three equal horizontal bars. The top and lower bars are green and the middle bar is white.

Most Andalucian towns hold a ceremony in the main square in the morning. The main ceremony takes place just outside Sevilla at the monument to Blas Inflate.

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How are you going to celebrate this day?