Day Of The Balearic Islands

Observed annually on March 1st in the Balearic Islands, the Day of the Balearic Islands is a local public holiday. This holiday—also known as Día de las Illes Balears—commemorates the date when the Balearic Islands’ Statute of Autonomy was enacted on March 1, 1983.

It’s a holiday that falls amid many celebrations across the islands, including communal meals, parties, sporting events, concerts, public readings, children’s activities, and art exhibits. Because this is a public holiday, public transportation may be greatly reduced, and many government buildings, schools, and businesses are closed for the day.

The History of the Day of the Balearic Islands

On February 25, the Statute of Autonomy of the Balearic Islands was approved by Organic Law 2/1983. This established the Balearic Islands as an autonomous community within Spain. In 2007, a holiday celebrating this statute was created. This holiday, of course, was the Day of the Balearic Islands.

Interesting Facts About the Balearic Islands

We’ve found some interesting facts about the Balearic Islands—facts that we’re now going to share with everyone interested in this holiday.

  • The Balearic Islands are located off the east coast of Spain.
  • Only five islands of this archipelago are inhabited. There are a total of 151 smaller isles located in the chain that are uninhabited.
  • Catalan and Spanish are the official languages of the islands.
  • The smallest of the Balearic Islands is Formentera.
  • The largest island is Mallorca.

Observing the Day of the Balearic Islands

If one thing is for sure, there’s no lack of public activities for people to enjoy on this day. There are parties, sports events, concerts, and art exhibitions across the five main islands. There are also public readings of the Balearic Islands’ Statute of Autonomy. On social media, the hashtag #DiadelesIllasBalears is often used to spread the word about this holiday.

Where is it celebrated?
Spain (Local holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
March 1 Friday
Next year (2025)
March 1 Saturday
Last year (2023)
March 1 Wednesday