Hispanic Day – Día de la Hispanidad Celebrated in Spain on October 12

Hispanic Day (Día de la Hispanidad) or National Day (Fiesta Nacional de España) is a national public holiday in Spain, celebrated every year on October 12.

The day is celebrated as Columbus Day in United States of America.

Hispanic Day - Spanish Flag

It commemorates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas, which occurred on October 12, 1492

Spain has been celebrating this day since 1987.

Nuestra Señora del Pilar, Our Lady of the Pillar

The day is also dedicated to Nuestra Señora del Pilar, Our Lady of the Pillar, the patron saint of all Hispanic peoples and of the Spanish Civil Guard.

Hispanic Day Celebrations in Spain :

On Hispanic Day, which is a national holiday in Spain  the King of Spain supervises the raising of the Spanish National Flag in the center of Madrid.

Hispanic Day Parade in Spain - Spanish National Day Parade

After flag raising ceremony, he along with the Prime Minister of the country lead a military parade which represent Spain’s military units and various other military vehicles.

Armed forces’ planes perform aerobatics in the air above the parade route and display yellow and red smoke to represent the Spanish flag.

Since Hispanic Day is a national public holiday day in Spain, most of the people spend time quietly at home or in the company of family members and close friends.

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