Why is it celebrated? The 28th of FEBRUARY is Día de Andalucía and is a public holiday across all eight provinces in the region (Huelva, Cadiz, Seville, Malaga, Jaén, Cordoba, Granada and Almería). There will be celebrations in villages, towns and cities across the region and with banks, public buildings, supermarkets and many shops closed.
What does Día de Andalucia commemorate? Día de Andalucía commemorates the 1980 referendum on the Statute of Autonomy of Andalucía, when the people of Andalucía voted for the the region to become an autonomous community. The regional referendum came just over a year after the Spanish constitution was established on 6 December 1978, after the return to democracy following 40 years of dictatorship.
Although each province in Andalucía has its own characteristics, there are many things that bind the whole region including the Andalusian accent, the flag, the anthem and the coat of arms.
How is Día de Andalucía celebrated? The day is celebrated in all the cities across Andalucía. There are different events related to Andalusian cultures, such as concerts with typical music like flamenco or Andalusian copla. Foods also have their presence in this day. Olive oil, fresh fish, Iberian ham, excellent meat, and various typical dishes of the Mediterranean diet compose the superb Andalusian gastronomy. Wines also play an important role on this day. Brandy, oloroso, fino, or Moscatel… any of these wines goes well with this day.
The Andalusian Flag. Many Andalusians put flags on their balconies. The Andalucía flag is green and white, Hercules stands between two lions on the flag, which symbolises the strength that controls the animal instincts. Also, on this day, flag-raising is carried out outside the Andalusian Parliament, and the Andalusian Medals are awarded.