National Day in Spain

12 Oct 2020  Mon

Also known as the Fiesta Nacional de Espana, Fiesta Nacional de Espana is the day to commemorate the anniversary of Columbus' arrival in the Americas.

The Spaniards began celebrating National Day in 1935 as Dia de la Hispanidad, which emphasized their connection to the international Hispanic community, the Hispanidad. The name of the holiday was changed in 1987 to Fiesta Nacional.

The holiday became one of the two major Spanish national celebrations. The date of National Day had been moved for several times until a compromise was achieved. The holiday coincides with Columbus Day, which emphasized the status of monarchy and history of Spain and commemorated Spain's burgeoning democracy with a national day.

To commemorate this day Spanish Post issued a 10 Spanish pesetas stamp on 10th October 1945. The stamp depicts Don Luis Jose Sartorius y Tapia, 1st Count of San Luis (1820-1871), Spanish noble, politician and journalist who served as Prime Minister of Spain from 1853 to 1854. The stamp also features coach and horses and aircraft.

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