Home > Calendar > Holidays > Spain > Day of the Independent City of Ceuta

Day of the Independent City of Ceuta in Spain

Quick Facts

The Day of Ceuta is celebrated as a local public holiday in the city of Ceuta in Spain on September 2 each year. This date commemorates when Pedro de Menezes (Meneses) took control of Ceuta.

Local names

NameLanguage
Día de la Ciudad Autónoma de CeutaSpanish
Day of the Independent City of CeutaEnglish
Tag der unabhängigen Stadt CeutaGerman

Day of the Independent City of Ceuta 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Day of the Independent City of Ceuta 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
List of dates for other years

The Day of Ceuta (Día de Ceuta) is an annual public holiday in the city of Ceuta, Spain, on September 2. This local holiday marks the date when Pedro de Menezes (or Meneses), Count of Viana do Alentejo, took control of the city from King John I of Portugal on September 2, 1415.

portrait of happy family having a picnic

Some people celebrate the Day of Ceuta with a family picnic.

©iStockphoto.com/Jaroslaw Wojcik

What do people do?

Some people hold parties or picnics or spend the day quietly with relatives and close friends on the Day of Ceuta. They often display the flag of the city of Ceuta. Some people hold protests to express their opinions that Ceuta should be part of Morocco rather than Spain.

Public life

The Day of Ceuta is a public holiday in the city of Ceuta on September 2 each year. Public life is generally quiet and many businesses and other organizations are closed. Many stores are closed, although some bakers and food stores may be open. Public transport services may run to a reduced schedule. The Day of Ceuta is not a public holiday in the rest of Spain on September 2.

Background

The city of Ceuta was part of the Kingdom of Fez until early 1415 CE. Portuguese troops arrived on ships and attacked the city on August 14, 1415. They had taken over the city by nightfall. King John I of Portugal left Ceuta on September 2, 1415. He also handed control of Cueta over to Pedro de Menezes (or Meneses), the Count of Viana do Alentejo, on this date.

Ceuta is a Spanish autonomous city on the African side of the Strait of Gibraltar. The Mediterranean separates it from the Spanish mainland. All of its land borders are with Morocco.

Symbols

The flag of the autonomous City of Ceuta is rectangular and consists of four black triangles and four white triangles all meeting in the middle. Ceuta's coat of arms is at the flag's center and consists of a crown on top of a shield. The shield displays seven castles and five small silver discs or coins. Ceuta's flag may be displayed alone or with the Spanish or European flags.

Day of the Independent City of Ceuta Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
SunSep 21990Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
MonSep 21991Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
WedSep 21992Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
ThuSep 21993Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
FriSep 21994Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
SatSep 21995Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
MonSep 21996Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
TueSep 21997Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
WedSep 21998Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
ThuSep 21999Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
SatSep 22000Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
SunSep 22001Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
MonSep 22002Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
TueSep 22003Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
ThuSep 22004Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
FriSep 22005Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
SatSep 22006Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
SunSep 22007Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
TueSep 22008Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
WedSep 22009Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
ThuSep 22010Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
FriSep 22011Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
SunSep 22012Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
MonSep 22013Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
TueSep 22014Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
WedSep 22015Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
FriSep 22016Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
SatSep 22017Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
SunSep 22018Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
MonSep 22019Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta
WedSep 22020Day of the Independent City of CeutaLocal holidayCeuta

Other holidays in September 2014 in Spain

Advertising

Other calendars

Related links