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Why Hispanic Day is celebrated
The day of Our Lady of El Pilar on October 12 is one of the most important annual bank holidays in Spain.


Guardia Civil officers celebrating the day outside the headquarters in Playa de Las Américas
Guardia Civil officers celebrating the day outside the headquarters in Playa de Las Américas
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22.10.2015 - Our Lady of El Pilar is the name given to the Blessed Virgin Mary after her miraculous appearance in the Spanish area of Zaragoza at the time of the upsurge of Christianity.  The celebration is also known as Columbus Day or Hispanic Day, and is the anniversary of the day in the year 1492 when Christopher Columbus supposedly first sighted American land, and when the first Mass in the Americas took place.

A religious, military and civic affair, the biggest celebration of the day was in Madrid, with military processions and aircraft displays, wreaths laid to honour those who have given their lives for their country, and a whole host of other activities.  It was attended by the Royal Family, the prime minister and the majority of his government. 

Celebrations also took place on a rather smaller scale at locations throughout the country, including in Playa de Las Américas in Tenerife.

 



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Guardia Civil officers celebrating the day outside the headquarters in Playa de Las Américas 
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