Today is Monday, September 11, 2023, which is the National Day of Catalonia (Catalan: Diada Nacional de Catalunya). It is a public holiday in Catalonia and is celebrated annually to commemorate the fall of Barcelona during the War of the Spanish Succession in 1714 and the subsequent loss of Catalan institutions and laws.
On this day, there are patriotic demonstrations and cultural events in many Catalan villages and cities. The most important event is the sardana, a traditional Catalan dance, which is performed in the streets of Barcelona. People also wave Catalan flags, the senyera, and the estelada, a flag with a yellow star in the canton.
The National Day of Catalonia is a day of national pride for Catalans. It is a time to remember their history and culture and to celebrate their identity. It is also a time to reflect on the future of Catalonia and to demand greater autonomy from the Spanish government.
This year, the National Day of Catalonia is being held under the shadow of the war in Ukraine. Catalan leaders have condemned the Russian invasion and have expressed solidarity with the Ukrainian people. They have also called for an end to the war and for a peaceful resolution.
The National Day of Catalonia is a reminder of the importance of freedom and self-determination. It is a day to celebrate Catalan culture and identity, and to fight for a better future for Catalonia.