What is Andalucia Day?

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REGIONAL HOLIDAY: Andalucia Day is tomorrow. Photo credit: Shutterstock

PEOPLE across Andalucia are preparing to mark the region’s annual holiday tomorrow (Thursday), with events organised to celebrate its history and culture.

The day marks the anniversary of a successful referendum on granting Andalucia its statute of autonomy. That statute created the Junta de Andalucia regional authority and its parliament.

Politicians and Andalucians are set gather at the parliament building in Sevilla City for a ceremony commemorating the anniversary.

It features the raising of the green and white Andalucian flag and the playing of the region’s anthem, the Himno de Andalucia (Hymn of Andalucia).

The Junta’s president also hands out the Medals of Andalucia to recognise work done by people in communities across the region.

The conservative Partido Popular’s (PP) Juanma Moreno will award the medals for the first time this year after taking office in January.

Streets in towns and cities across the region are set to be decked with bunting of the Andalucian flag for the day.  Many shops and businesses also close for the day.

School children are also served a traditional Andalucian breakfast, the desayuno andaluz, in the run up to the day. It includes a slice of toast coated in olive oil and orange juice.

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