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Feliç Diada Nacional de Catalunya ! /Happy National Day of Catalonia/

The National Day of Catalonia or La Diada Nacional de Catalunya is celebrated every September 11th, a historic date in the Catalan calendar. The day commemorates the 14 month Siege of Barcelona, and when on the 11th September 1714, Catalan troops were forced to surrender to the Castilian forces of France and Philip V of Spain. It was unfortunately all pretty much downhill from there for the next 250 years. All institutions of Catalonia were destroyed and they became part of the Spanish kingdom.

Many Catalans have been battling this repression ever since. Most recently from the Spanish dictator, Francisco Franco. The National Day of Catalonia was reinstated after 94 years in 1980, five years after Franco’s death in 1975.

Throughout the day, there are independentist demonstrations and cultural events in most of Catalan cities,towns and villages and many citizens wave senyeres and estelades.

“History says that the people must be listened to.”

Visca el Barça i Visca Catalunya !

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VISCA CATALUNYA LLIURE!

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Catalonia’s National Day, known locally as La Diada Nacional de Catalunya, is a festival held in the region every year on September 11th. It has always been an occasion to celebrate Catalan culture and customs.  The festival commemorates the fall of Barcelona during the War of the Spanish Succession in 1714 and the subsequent lost of Catalan liberties, institutions and laws. The first celebration of La Diada took place in 1886 but it was officially suppressed in 1939 and throughout the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. The Catalan regional government reinstated the festival in 1980, five years after Franco’s death. It’s celebrated with the aim of claiming the freedom and identity of Catalonia.

Feliç Diada Nacional de Catalunya!

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September 11 is the National Day of Catalonia (La Diada Nacional in Catalan), which commemorates the events of 1714, and one of the turning points in the War of the Spanish Succession. After holding out for fourteen months, the Siege of Barcelona ended when the Catalan troops were defeated by the armies of Philip V of Spain.

It is traditional for prominent members of Catalan society to lay flowers beneath the monument to Rafael Casanova, who led the ill-fated defence of the city, and to visit the Fossar de les Moreres, the memorial square where the people who died in the 1714 siege lie buried.