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Canaries day observed in Spain

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.

Is Canaries day observed a Public Holiday?

Canaries day observed is a public holiday in Canary Islands, where it is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

Beach on Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
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:

  • Special church services.
  • Sports events.
  • Public and private parties.
  • Tastings of traditional foods and wine from the Canary Islands.
  • Displays of cattle pulling sleighs.
  • Domestic animal shows.
  • Concerts featuring traditional and modern music.
  • Exhibitions showcasing art and crafts made by people living on the Canary Islands.
  • Communal meals.

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:

  • Chinijo Archipelago, which includes the islands La Graciosa, Alegranza, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste.
  • Fuerteventura.
  • Gran Canaria.
  • La Gomera.
  • El Hierro.
  • Lanzarote.
  • La Palma.
  • Tenerife.

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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010MonMay 31Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
2011TueMay 31Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
2012ThuMay 31Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
2013FriMay 31Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
2014SatMay 31Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
2015SunMay 31Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
2016TueMay 31Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
2017WedMay 31Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
2018ThuMay 31Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
2019FriMay 31Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands
2020SunMay 31Canaries day observedLocal holidayCanary Islands

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