“Día de la Hispanidad” is an important holiday that celebrates both Spanish history and culture, as well as Spain’s contributions to the cultural heritage of Latin America and other parts of the world.
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When is Hispanic Heritage Day celebrated?
“Día de la Hispanidad” is celebrated on October 12 of each year. This date commemorates Cristobal Colon voyage to America on October 12, 1492, when he arrived in what is now known as the Bahamas, marking the beginning of European exploration and contact with the American continent. The holiday takes place in Spain and several other Spanish-speaking countries, and is known by various names, including “Día de la Fiesta Nacional” in Spain and “Día de la Raza” in some Latin American countries.
Why is Hispanic Heritage Day celebrated on October 12?
It is celebrated to commemorate this historic event and recognize the cultural and linguistic heritage shared between Spain and Spanish-speaking countries in America and other parts of the world. Additionally, “Día de la Hispanidad” also aims to promote and celebrate the diversity of Spanish-speaking cultures and their contribution to global heritage.
When did Hispanic Heritage Day begin to be celebrated?
The celebration of “Día de la Hispanidad” began to be observed in Spain in the 20th century, specifically starting in 1935. Originally, it was called “Día de la Raza” and was established to commemorate the meeting between two worlds and the legacy of Spanish culture. in America and other parts of the world.
The date was chosen to coincide with October 12, 1492, the day Cristobal Colon arrived in what is now known as the Bahamas, marking the beginning of European exploration of the American continent. The choice of this date was intended to highlight the Spanish contribution to the discovery and colonization of America.
However, over time, the name “Día de la Hispanidad” was modified in several Latin American countries to reflect greater sensitivity towards indigenous and mestizo populations and recognize cultural diversity. In some places, the name was changed to “Indigenous Resistance Day” or “Cultural Diversity Day” to underline the importance of indigenous heritage and the resistance of indigenous populations to European colonization.
It is celebrated with military parades and official events to commemorate Spain’s role in the exploration and colonization of America. In other Spanish-speaking countries, the date has been adapted to reflect different cultural perspectives and approaches regarding the arrival of Columbus and his impact on indigenous populations.
Why is it celebrated with a military parade?
The celebration of “Día de la Hispanidad” in Spain is traditionally marked with a military parade known as the “Desfile de la Fiesta Nacional” or “Desfile del 12 de octubre”. This parade has several purposes and symbolism:
- Historical commemoration: “Día de la Hispanidad” is celebrated in commemoration of Cristobal Colon voyage to America on October 12, 1492.
- Tribute to the Armed Forces: The parade is an occasion to pay tribute and show respect to the Spanish Armed Forces.
- National unity: The parade also symbolizes national unity in Spain.
- National Pride: The parade celebrates national pride and Spanish identity, highlighting the values and shared history of Spain.
- Promotion of culture: In addition to the military component, the parade also presents cultural elements, such as traditional costumes, music and regional dances from different parts of Spain.
Where is the military parade held?
The military parade for “Día de la Hispanidad” in Spain takes place in the capital, Madrid. The main place where this parade takes place is Paseo de la Castellana, one of the main avenues of the city. The tour usually begins in the Plaza de San Juan de la Cruz and progresses along the Paseo de la Castellana, passing through emblematic places such as the Plaza de Colón and the Plaza de Cibeles.
The event is very popular and attracts large crowds of spectators who gather along the parade route to watch the military units pass by and enjoy the display. Related activities are also carried out, such as air force airplane and helicopter flights.
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