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National Day of Catalonia

National Day of Catalonia 2021, 2022 and 2023

On 11 September the National Day of Catalonia is celebrated in the Catalonian Autonomous Region of Spain. When Catalonia gained special self-government within Spain in late 1979, they moved quickly to establish this holiday and celebrate it beginning in 1980.

YearDateDayHolidayAutonomous Communities
202111 SepSatNational Day of Catalonia Catalonia
202211 SepSunNational Day of Catalonia Catalonia
202311 SepMonNational Day of Catalonia Catalonia
202411 SepWedNational Day of Catalonia Catalonia
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

The day commemorates the fall of Barcelona in 1714 to French Bourbon forces during the War of the Spanish Succession. The city fell after a siege, and Bourbon rulers held sway in Catalonia for years and were not particularly concerned about Catalonians’ liberties.

Thus, the day is a remembrance of a painful defeat and a call to never again let liberty be squashed in Catalonia. It is a call to resist all oppression and never give up hope that freedom can again be restored.

National Day of Catalonia events include flower and wreath laying ceremonies at various monuments dedicated to Catalonia’s past heroes, special meetings where the memory of Catalonian soldiers from the long-ago battle of Barcelona is revived, and with some, political protests. There are also special musical concerts, festive meals, parties with family and friends, and proud displaying of the Catalonian flag.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHolidayAutonomous Communities
202011 SepFriNational Day of Catalonia Catalonia
201911 SepWedNational Day of Catalonia Catalonia
201811 SepTueNational Day of Catalonia Catalonia
201711 SepMonNational Day of Catalonia Catalonia