Day Of Andalucia

Observed in Andalusia—an autonomous community in Spain—Andalusia Day is a public holiday that’s observed on the 28th of February. This day commemorates the 1980 referendum that granted it autonomous community status.

On this day, people raise the flag of Andalusia and decorate their homes with white and green bunting. There are also cultural competitions, parades, and special events throughout the community.

This is a day for all members of the community to demonstrate their patriotism. Because it’s an important holiday, many government offices, schools, and businesses are closed for the day.

The History of Andalusia Day

On February 28th, 1980, the Statute of Autonomy of Andalusia was passed—a referendum that was supported by the majority of people in the region, making Andalusia an autonomous community of Spain. This day has been celebrated ever since. The holiday may be extended to bridge the weekend or moved if it falls on the weekend.

Fun Facts About Andalusia

Let’s take a few moments to go over some of the fun facts that we’ve learned about Andalusia and list them below for the benefit of all our readers. Now that we’ve set the stage, let’s examine the following facts before continuing our discussion of Andalusia Day.

  • It’s only 14 kilometers away from Africa, across the Strait of Gibraltar.
  • Andalusia is home to many castles.
  • Agriculture began in Andalusia around 4,000 BCE.
  • There are over 70 bullrings for bullfights in Andalusia.
  • Andalusia has a large number of natural caves.
  • Jaén is the olive-producing capital of Spain.
  • Ajo Blanco, a cold soup, is a popular Andalusian dish.

Observing Andalusia Day

On this day, people take time to attend parades and other patriotic events. If the holiday falls on or near the weekend, it may be extended. Although this isn’t usually done in an official capacity, many businesses will close for the extra period anyway.

During Día de Andalucía, people also enjoy bullfights, flamenco dancing, and a variety of Spanish foods. People use the hashtag #DiaDeAndalucia on social media to spread the word about this holiday worldwide.

Where is it celebrated?
Spain (Local holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
February 28 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
February 28 Friday
Last year (2023)
February 28 Tuesday