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Day of the Canary Islands in Spain

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The Day of the Canary Islands marks the anniversary of the autonomous Canary Islands Parliament's first session. It is a local public holiday on the Canary Islands on May 30 each year.

Local names

NameLanguage
Festividad del Día de CanariasSpanish
Day of the Canary IslandsEnglish
Tag der KanarenGerman

Day of the Canary Islands 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

Day of the Canary Islands 2015

Saturday, May 30, 2015
List of dates for other years

The Day of the Canary Islands (Día de las Canarias) is a public holiday the Canary Islands, Spain, on May 30 each year. This event celebrates the islands' culture. It also commemorates the autonomous Canary Islands Parliament's first session on May 30, 1983.

:Along the coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

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What do people do?

Many cultural activities and celebrations are arranged for the Day of the Canary Islands each year. Many schools hold extra classes about the Canary Islands' history and culture and organize parties for their students in the days and weeks before the Day of the Canary Islands. Many people hold private parties at home or in restaurants on the evening of May 29. Celebrations are held during the day and into the evening on the Day of the Canary Islands. They include:

People also fly the Canary Islands flag on public buildings and private homes.

Public life

Public life is generally quiet on the Canary Islands on May 30. 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, although there may be no services in rural areas. Large events may cause some local disruption to traffic, particularly in town and village centers.

Regional or local authorities may move the public holiday to a different date. If May 30 falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, many businesses and organizations are also closed on Monday, May 29, or Friday, May 31. The Day of the Canary Islands is not a public holiday in the rest of Spain on May 30.

Background

The Canary Islands consists of eight inhabited islands off the coast of Africa. The islands are:

These islands form an autonomous community of Spain, but are closer to Morocco and the Western Sahara. The Canary Islands were known to the Romans, but remained independent. The Spanish invasion of the islands began in 1402 CE. The islands were incorporated into the Kingdom of Castile in 1495 CE. They became an autonomous community of Spain on August 10, 1982. The autonomous Canary Islands Parliament's first session was on May 30, 1983.

Symbols

The Canary Islands' flag is one-and-a-half times as wide as it is high. It consists of three equal vertical bands colored white, blue and yellow. The coat of arms of the Canary Islands is on the blue band at the center. The coat of arms consists of a blue shield supported by two dogs. There are seven images of islands on the shield. These represent the seven largest inhabited Canary Islands. A red crown is on top of the shield and a banner with the word "Oceano" is above the crown.

Day of the Canary Islands Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
WedMay 301990Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
ThuMay 301991Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
SatMay 301992Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
SunMay 301993Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
MonMay 301994Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
TueMay 301995Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
ThuMay 301996Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
FriMay 301997Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
SatMay 301998Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
SunMay 301999Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
TueMay 302000Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
WedMay 302001Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
ThuMay 302002Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
FriMay 302003Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
SunMay 302004Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
MonMay 302005Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
TueMay 302006Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
WedMay 302007Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
FriMay 302008Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
SatMay 302009Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
SunMay 302010Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
MonMay 302011Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
WedMay 302012Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
ThuMay 302013Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
FriMay 302014Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
SatMay 302015Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
MonMay 302016Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
TueMay 302017Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
WedMay 302018Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
ThuMay 302019Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands
SatMay 302020Day of the Canary IslandsLocal holidayCanary Islands

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