The Day Of Cantabria

Celebrated on the second Sunday in August each year, The Day of Cantabria is a public holiday that’s observed in the Cantabrian region of Spain. Although this holiday is widely observed in this area of Spain, it’s not a public holiday. That means that public transportation and most businesses operate according to their normal operating hours.

It is a day that’s observed with craft displays, festivals, traditional dance and music, agricultural animal shows, exhibitions thrown by artists, and a wide variety of other holiday events. It’s a day for the people of Cantabria to enjoy the history and the culture of their region and share it with other people.

History Of The Day Of Cantabria In Spain

This holiday was first proposed by the mayor of Cabezon de la Sal as a day to celebrate the history and culture of Cantabria. It was celebrated for the first time in 1967 as The Day of Mountains.

In 1971, it was declared a National Interest to Tourists and a Special Regional Interest just 12-years later. When the autonomous community of Cantabria was established in 1982, the name of the holiday would be changed from The Day of Mountains to The Day of Cantabria.

Observing The Day Of Cantabria In Spain

Even though it’s not an official day off for people because it’s held on a Sunday many people in Cantabria have the day off. Which is a good thing because there are a lot of things to do in this autonomous community located within Spain. There are sporting events, crafts, art exhibitions, displays of agricultural products, animal shows, horse and cattle parades, and communal meals.

Some of the communal meals that can be enjoyed in Cantabria include seafood pulled directly from the Cantabrian Sea, trout fished from the rivers, and of course, veal. Dishes such as Pollo Campurriano, Cocido Lebaniego, and Quesada Pasiega are also popular dishes.

Where is it celebrated?
Spain (Local holiday) - Cantabria
When is it?
This year (2023)
August 13 Sunday
Next year (2024)
August 11 Sunday
Last year (2022)
August 14 Sunday