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 !