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Canaries day observed 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
Descanso Laboral Correspondiente a la Festividad del Día de CanariasSpanish
Canaries day observedEnglish
Tag der Kanaren (Ersatztermin)German

Canaries day observed 2014

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Canaries day observed 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015
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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 and people. It also marks the anniversary of the autonomous Canary Islands Parliament's first session, which was 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.

Canaries day observed Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
ThuMay 311990Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
FriMay 311991Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
SunMay 311992Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
MonMay 311993Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
TueMay 311994Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
WedMay 311995Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
FriMay 311996Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
SatMay 311997Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
SunMay 311998Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
MonMay 311999Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
WedMay 312000Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
ThuMay 312001Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
FriMay 312002Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
SatMay 312003Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
MonMay 312004Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
TueMay 312005Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
WedMay 312006Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
ThuMay 312007Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
SatMay 312008Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
SunMay 312009Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
MonMay 312010Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
TueMay 312011Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
ThuMay 312012Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
FriMay 312013Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
SatMay 312014Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
SunMay 312015Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
TueMay 312016Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
WedMay 312017Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
ThuMay 312018Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
FriMay 312019Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
SunMay 312020Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands

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