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Day of Aragón in Spain

Quick Facts

The Day of Aragon celebrates the Spanish region of Aragon's culture and history. It is an annual local public holiday on April 23.

Local names

NameLanguage
San Jorge. Día de AragónSpanish
Day of AragónEnglish
Aragón-TagGerman

Day of Aragón 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Day of Aragón 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015
List of dates for other years

People in Aragon, Spain, annually celebrate the Day of Aragon (Día de Aragon) on April 23. They also honor the life of St George, their patron saint.

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Some people celebrate the Day of Aragon with a communal meal.

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What do people do?

Some people attend special church services to honor the life of St George, the patron saint of the autonomous community of Aragon. In addition, a range of events are organized throughout the region, especially in the city of Zaragoza (Saragossa). These include:

The flag of the autonomous community of Aragon and red and yellow striped banners are displayed on public buildings, private homes and public transport vehicles.

Public life

Public life is generally quiet on in the autonomous community of Aragon on April 23. Many businesses and other organizations are closed. Many stores are closed but some bakers and food stores may be open. Public transport services generally run to a reduced schedule but there may be no services in rural areas. Parades and marches may cause some local disruption to traffic, particularly in town and village centers.

If April 23 falls on a Sunday, regional or local authorities may move the public holiday to a different date. If April 23 falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, many businesses and organizations are also closed on Monday, April 22, or Friday, April 24. April 23 is a public holiday known as the Day of Castile and León in the autonomous community of Castile and León. In the autonomous community of Catalonia, April 23 is St George's Day. April 23 is not a public holiday in the rest of Spain.

Background

St George has been the patron saint of the Aragon region since 1096. Peter I of Aragon and Navarre reconquered the city of Huesca in the Battle of Alcoraz that year. The autonomous community of Aragon is in north-east Spain. It has borders with France and the autonomous communities of:


The region of Aragon became an autonomous community on April 16, 1984. St. George's Day became the day of regional celebrations. It was renamed as the Day of Aragon in 2007.

Symbols

The flag of the autonomous community of Aragon is displayed in many ways on the Day of Aragon. This flag is based on the Senyera, a symbol of the ancient Crown of Aragon. It consists of nine horizontal stripes. Five stripes are yellow and four are red. The coat of arms of Aragon is at the center of the flag. The flag is often displayed with the national flag of Spain and the European flag.

Day of Aragón Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
MonApr 231990St George's DayLocal holiday 
TueApr 231991St George's DayLocal holiday 
ThuApr 231992St George's DayLocal holiday 
FriApr 231993St George's DayLocal holiday 
SatApr 231994St George's DayLocal holiday 
SunApr 231995St George's DayLocal holiday 
TueApr 231996St George's DayLocal holiday 
WedApr 231997St George's DayLocal holiday 
ThuApr 231998St George's DayLocal holiday 
FriApr 231999St George's DayLocal holiday 
SunApr 232000St George's DayLocal holiday 
MonApr 232001St George's DayLocal holiday 
TueApr 232002St George's DayLocal holiday 
WedApr 232003St George's DayLocal holiday 
FriApr 232004St George's DayLocal holiday 
SatApr 232005St George's DayLocal holiday 
SunApr 232006St George's DayLocal holiday 
MonApr 232007Day of AragónLocal holidayAragon
WedApr 232008Day of AragónLocal holidayAragon
ThuApr 232009Day of AragónLocal holidayAragon
FriApr 232010Day of AragónLocal holidayAragon
SatApr 232011Day of AragónLocal holidayAragon
MonApr 232012Day of AragónLocal holidayAragon
TueApr 232013Day of AragónLocal holidayAragon
WedApr 232014Day of AragónLocal holidayAragon
ThuApr 232015Day of AragónLocal holidayAragon
SatApr 232016Day of AragónLocal holidayAragon
MonApr 242017Day of AragónLocal holidayAragon
MonApr 232018Day of AragónLocal holidayAragon
TueApr 232019Day of AragónLocal holidayAragon
ThuApr 232020Day of AragónLocal holidayAragon

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