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Day of Melilla in Spain

Quick Facts

The Day of Melilla marks the anniversary of the storming of the city in 1497 and is a public holiday in Melilla, Spain.

Local names

NameLanguage
Día de MelillaSpanish
Day of MelillaEnglish
Melilla-TagGerman

Day of Melilla 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Day of Melilla 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015
List of dates for other years

The Day of Melilla (Día de Melilla) in Spain marks the anniversary of September 17, 1497. On this date, the soldiers of the Duke of Medina Sidonia stormed the city of Melilla.

The coast of Melilla, Spain.

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What do people do?

Some people mark the Day of Melilla with parties and other celebrations. For others, it is a day off work to spend quietly with family members and close friends. Some people also use the day to protest that Melilla should be part of Morocco rather than Spain.

Public life

The Day of Melilla is a public holiday in the city of Melilla, but not the rest of Spain, on September 17. Public life is generally very quiet and most businesses and other organizations are closed. Most stores are closed, although some bakers and food stores may be open. Public transport services may run as normal or to a reduced schedule.

Background

Melilla is an autonomous Spanish city on the northern coast of Africa. All of its land borders are with Morocco and the Mediterranean separates it from mainland Spain. From 791 CE until 1497 CE, Melilla was part of a Muslim empire.

On September 17, 1497, soldiers of the Duke of Medina Sidonia, lead by Don Pedro de Estopiñán, stormed the city. They claimed Melilla for the Crown of Castile, an Iberian dynasty. These events are marked each year on Melilla Day. Some people in Melilla do not celebrate the Day of Melilla, as they feel that the city should not be under Spanish control, but part of Morocco.

Symbols

The flag of Melilla consists of a pale blue rectangle that is one-and-a-half times as wide as it is high. The coat of arms of Melilla is at the center of the flag. This consists of two pillars representing the Straits of Gibraltar, a crown, a castle, baskets of serpents and a dragon.

Day of Melilla Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
MonSep 171990Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
TueSep 171991Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
ThuSep 171992Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
FriSep 171993Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
SatSep 171994Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
SunSep 171995Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
TueSep 171996Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
WedSep 171997Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
ThuSep 171998Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
FriSep 171999Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
SunSep 172000Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
MonSep 172001Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
TueSep 172002Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
WedSep 172003Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
FriSep 172004Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
SatSep 172005Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
SunSep 172006Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
MonSep 172007Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
WedSep 172008Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
ThuSep 172009Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
FriSep 172010Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
SatSep 172011Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
MonSep 172012Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
TueSep 172013Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
WedSep 172014Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
ThuSep 172015Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
SatSep 172016Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
SunSep 172017Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
MonSep 172018Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
TueSep 172019Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla
ThuSep 172020Day of MelillaLocal holidayMelilla

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