National Day of Catalonia

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On the 11th of September, the national holiday of Catalonia is celebrated, with numerous events such as demonstrations, concerts and activities.

Every year, the eleventh day of September, Catalonia celebrates its official holiday, in Catalan: Diada de l'Onze de Setembre, Diada Nacional de Catalunya or simply Diada.

During this day the fall of Barcelona is commemorated in the hands of the Bourbon under the Duke of Berwick during the War of Spanish Succession on September 11, 1714, after fourteen months of siege troops. This victory led to the abolition of the Catalan institutions following the enactment of Decrees of New Plant in 1716. The act is considered as the first commemoration of the fall of Barcelona and the Catalans who died opposing Philip V of Spain, who were considered martyrs for the defense of Catalan liberties.

The Catalan Parliament declared the Catalan national holiday day in its first law after its restoration in 1980.

Since 2004 the main event of the National Day is an official act by the Generalitat of Catalonia, held in the Parc de la Ciutadella. The event counts every year with guest artists who join the celebration with their music.

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