Constitution Day of Spain

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AKA NameDía de la Constitución - España
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2022 Date6 December 2022
2023 Date6 December 2023
Constitution Day of Spain

Constitution Day of Spain History

Constitution Day celebrates Spain’s approval of a new Spanish constitution in 1978. It marks the nation’s transition from authoritarian dictatorship to constitutional monarchy. Previously, from 1936 to 1978, Spanish dictator, Francisco Franco and his National Movement, ruled the nation. Upon Franco’s dead in 1975, the monarchy was restored and Spain held a general election in 1977 for the purpose of drafting and approving a new constitution. Felipe VI of Spain is currently the head of state and commander-in-chief of the Spanish Armed Forces.

Spain celebrates its Constitution Day on 6 December, a day that marks the referendum vote in 1978 that led to the creation of a democratic Spain.

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Constitution Day of Spain Facts & Quotes

  • In 1931, Alfonso XIII left Spain and the Second Republic was established on April 14th. For 5 years, the nation was a republic until Francisco Franco turned it into a dictatorship.
  • In 1975, upon Franco’s death, King Juan Carlos I de Bourbon y Bourbon restored Spain’s monarchy and took the throne.
  • Basque Country, Galicia, Catalonia and Andalusia are self-governed regions of Spain and have their own respective parliaments.
  • Despite being one of the largest and most powerful countries in the world, Spain did not officially participate in either World War. In World War II Spain was considered a non-belligerent ally, but according to international law this essentially amounted to neutrality.
  • We all have our place in this diverse Spain. – King Felipe VI, The current King of Spain.

Constitution Day of Spain Top Events and Things to Do

  • Witness the hoisting of the national flag of Spain in the Columbus Plaza in Madrid. The highest dignitaries of the Spanish government and military are in attendance. The ceremony also features a speech made by a representative of the Spanish government.
  • Visit the El Escorial. It was the political capital of the Spanish empire under King Phillip II. Today it is a monastery, palace and museum that is a historical artefact and a great way to experience Spanish culture and heritage.
  • Visit the traditional market shops that are set up in the centre of Madrid. As Christmas nears, these markets offer a wide-range of Christmas products and gifts to help you start the season.
  • Learn more about dictatorship regimes in Spain and neighbouring European countries. Try reading up on the regimes of Napoleon, Hitler, Stalin, Franco, Tito, Salazar and Mussolini.
  • Spread awareness on social media by using the hashtags #ConstitutionDay, #SpanishConstitutionDay and #6December.

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