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Day of the Institutions in Spain

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The Day of the Institutions of Cantabria marks the anniversary of the creation of the Cantabria province.

Local names

NameLanguage
Día de las InstitucionesSpanish
Day of the InstitutionsEnglish
Tag der InstitutionenGerman

Day of the Institutions 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Day of the Institutions 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
List of dates for other years

The Day of the Institutions of Cantabria celebrates the anniversary of the creation of the province of Cantabria on July 28, 1778. It is a public holiday in the autonomous community of Cantabria.

Coastline of Cantabria (Spain), near the tourist city of Noja. It's a place with fantastic beaches.

Coastline of Cantabria (Spain), near the tourist city of Noja.

©iStockphoto.com/Javier Azpitarte Peña

What do people do?

A range of events are held to mark the Day of the Institutions of Cantabria. These include sports competitions and communal meals. People also display the flag of the autonomous community of Cantabria on public buildings and private homes and as bunting at local celebrations.

Public life

The Day of the Institutions of Cantabria is a public holiday in Cantabria but not in the rest of Spain. Public life is generally quiet. Most businesses and other organizations are closed. Most stores are closed, although 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.

Regional or local authorities may move the public holiday to a different date, particularly if July 28 falls on a Sunday. If July 28 falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, many businesses and organizations are also closed on Monday, July 27, or Friday, July 29.

Background

Cantabria is a province and an autonomous community of Spain. It has borders with the Spanish autonomous communities of Asturias, the Basque Country and Castile and León. The province of Cantabria was constituted on July 28, 1778. Charles III of Spain ratified the constitution on November 22, 1779. The law establishing Cantabria as an autonomous community of Spain was approved on 30 December, 1981, and came into effect on January 11, 1982.

The Day of the Institutions of Cantabria honors the freedom of the people of the region to self-government. They celebrate their language, culture and history of Cantabria on the Day of Cantabria on the second Sunday of August.

Symbols

The flag of Cantabria is one-and-a-half times as wide as it is high. It consists of two equal horizontal bands. The upper band is white and the lower band is red. The coat of arms of Cantabria is in the center of the flag.

The coat of arms of Cantabria consists of a crown above a shield. The shield is divided into two horizontal bands. The upper band shows a ship, a broken chain, a castle and the heads of Saints Emeterius and Celedonius. They symbolize the conquest of Seville by Cantabrian marines in 1248. The lower band of the shield shows a geometric ornament known as a stele produced by the earliest inhabitants of the area that is now Cantabria.

Day of the Institutions Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
SatJul 281990Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
SunJul 281991Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
TueJul 281992Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
WedJul 281993Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
ThuJul 281994Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
FriJul 281995Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
SunJul 281996Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
MonJul 281997Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
TueJul 281998Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
WedJul 281999Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
FriJul 282000Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
SatJul 282001Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
SunJul 282002Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
MonJul 282003Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
WedJul 282004Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
ThuJul 282005Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
FriJul 282006Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
SatJul 282007Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
MonJul 282008Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
TueJul 282009Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
WedJul 282010Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
ThuJul 282011Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
SatJul 282012Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
SunJul 282013Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
MonJul 282014Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
TueJul 282015Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
ThuJul 282016Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
FriJul 282017Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
SatJul 282018Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
SunJul 282019Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria
TueJul 282020Day of the InstitutionsLocal holidayCantabria

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