El día de la Hispanidad (Hispanic Day) is the national holiday of Spain. It is celebrated on October 12th and commemorates the exact date that Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas. The discovery of America was so important to Spain because this is what started the expansion of the Spanish language and culture across to the newly found land. In Latin America, this holiday is also celebrated under the name Día de la Raza (Day of the Race) or Día de las Culturas (Day of the Cultures) marking the first encounters of Europeans with Native Americans.
There will be various events held throughout the day on Friday 11th October 2013, to celebrate this very special day.
Please see Spanish noticeboard outside E8 for more information.
¡ Viva España!