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Day of the Balearic Islands in Spain

The Day of the Balearic Islands (Día de les Illes Balears) is a local public holiday on the Balearic Islands, which are part of Spain, on March 1 each year. This date commemorates when the Balearic Islands' Statute of Autonomy came into effect on March 1, 1983.

mediterranean village, reflection in water, Porto Colom , Majorca
Majorca (view pictured above) is one of the Balearic Islands.
Majorca (view pictured above) is one of the Balearic Islands.
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What Do People Do?

Events around the Day of the Balearic Islands are held in late February and early March, including March 1. Events include:

  • Public readings of the Balearic Islands' Statute of Autonomy.
  • Concerts featuring traditional and modern music.
  • Sports activities.
  • Communal meals.
  • Private parties.
  • The distribution of promotional articles on the Balearic Islands.
  • Exhibitions showcasing art and photography inspired by the islands.
  • Markets and displays of traditional products.
  • Children's activities.

The events are spread over the five main islands (Cabrera, Formentera, Ibiza, Majorca and Minorca) that make up the Balearic Islands.

Public Life

Public life is generally quiet on the Balearic Islands on the Day of the Balearic Islands. Many businesses and other organizations are closed. Most stores are closed but some bakers and food stores may be open. Outside of tourist areas, restaurants and cafes may be closed. Public transport services generally run to a reduced schedule but there may be no services in rural areas. Some events may cause local disruption to traffic.

If March 1 falls on a Sunday, regional or local authorities may move the public holiday to a different date. If March 1 falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, many businesses and organizations are also closed on Monday, February 28 or 29, or Friday, March 2. The Day of the Balearic Islands is not a public holiday in the rest of Spain on March 1.

Background

The Balearic Islands form an archipelago in the Mediterranean and an autonomous community of Spain. The islands are close to the autonomous communities of Valencia and Catalonia. The five main islands are:

  • Cabrera.
  • Formentera.
  • Ibiza.
  • Majorca.
  • Minorca.

The Balearic Islands' Statute of Autonomy came into effect on March 1, 1983. This confirmed these islands' status as an autonomous community of Spain.

Day of the Balearic Islands Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
MonMar 12010Day of the Balearic IslandsLocal holidayBalearic Islands
TueMar 12011Day of the Balearic IslandsLocal holidayBalearic Islands
ThuMar 12012Day of the Balearic IslandsLocal holidayBalearic Islands
FriMar 12013Day of the Balearic IslandsLocal holidayBalearic Islands
SatMar 12014Day of the Balearic IslandsLocal holidayBalearic Islands
SunMar 12015Day of the Balearic IslandsLocal holidayBalearic Islands
TueMar 12016Day of the Balearic IslandsLocal holidayBalearic Islands
WedMar 12017Day of the Balearic IslandsLocal holidayBalearic Islands
ThuMar 12018Day of the Balearic IslandsLocal holidayBalearic Islands
FriMar 12019Day of the Balearic IslandsLocal holidayBalearic Islands
SunMar 12020Day of the Balearic IslandsLocal holidayBalearic Islands

Quick Facts

The Day of the Balearic Islands is held on March 1 to remember the date when the Balearic Islands' Statute of Autonomy came into effect. It is a local public holiday in this area in Spain.

Day of the Balearic Islands 2016

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 (local in Balearic Islands)

Day of the Balearic Islands 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 (local in Balearic Islands)

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Dia de las Islas BalearesSpanish
Day of the Balearic IslandsEnglish
Tag der BalearenGerman

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in March 2017 in Spain

United Nation Holiday on March 1, 2017

World Holiday on March 1, 2017

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