Hispanic Heritage Day

Hispanic Heritage Day Quick Facts - ES

AKA NameFiesta Nacional de España, Hispanic Day, Día de la Hispanidad / Fiesta Nal. de España
HashtagsCompiled on#NationalDayOfSpain
2024 Date12 October 2024
2025 Date12 October 2025

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Spain's National Day, also known as Fiesta Nacional de España or Día de la Hispanidad, is a day of national unity and celebration for Spanish people around the world. This annual observance aims to promote a sense of patriotism, unity, and pride in Spain's rich history and cultural heritage. Spain's National Day focuses on recognizing the country's accomplishments and highlighting its unique attributes, fostering a sense of connection for all Spaniards as well as people from diverse backgrounds who appreciate Spain's contributions to world history, arts, and culture.

The origin of Spain's National Day can be traced back to the historic arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas on October 12, 1492. This key event marked the beginning of the European Age of Exploration, which would lead to the establishment of new trade routes and the eventual formation of the Spanish Empire. Spain's National Day serves as a reminder of Spain's contributions to European civilization and global exploration, helping to foster mutual respect and understanding among EU member states.

Through events and activities, such as Spanish cultural exhibitions, performances, and gastronomic experiences, organizations seek to showcase Spain's rich culture and traditions, allowing the wider European audience to engage with Spanish heritage and history. Spain's National Day takes place annually on October 12th.

Top facts about Hispanic Heritage Day

  • Christopher Columbus was actually born in Italy, despite the fact he discovered the America’s while he was sailing on an expedition sponsored by King Ferdinand of Spain.
  • Christopher Columbus’ voyages to three separate continents spread deadly diseases that did not exist there at the time. It is estimated that he and his crew were responsible for killing some 3-5 million people within 50 years of his arrival on three continents.

Hispanic Heritage Day Top Things to Do

  • Watch a documentary about the pre-colonial times and the diseases and devastation brought by Spanish colonials to the New World. Some of our suggestions: Guns, Germs and Steel, America Before Columbus and Mesoamerica.
  • Read a book about Christopher Columbus and his voyage to the Americas. Some of our favourites are: The Four Voyages of Christopher Columbus, The Log of Christopher Columbus and The Journal of Christopher Columbus.

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