The Diada (Catalan National Day)
Rallies like you’ve never seen
The Diada, celebrated on September 11th, is Catalonia’s National day. It commemorates the fall of Barcelona on 11 September 1714, at the end of the War of the Spanish Succession. Catalans have since then commemorated this day as the day they lost their liberties and the institutions of the Catalan-Aragonese Confederation. This was formalised with the Spanish Nueva Planta decrees, who abolished the institutions, privileges and the ancient charters of the Crown of Aragon.
Nowadays, the Diada has been converted in a popular, festive and pacific rally in favour of Catalan independence. Since 2012, monster-sized demonstrations have filled Barcelona’s streets and Catalonia alike. Every year, more than a million demonstrators take the streets. In 2013, people formed a large chain from Catalonia’s border in the south to the Spanish state border in the north, holding their hands together for over 400 kms (250 miles). Read more about in the underlying sections!