The Andalusia Day ( es, Día de Andalucía) is celebrated in 28 February and commemorates the 28 February 1980 1980 Andalusian autonomy initiative referendum, referendum on the Statute of Autonomy of Andalusia, in which the Andalusian electorate voted for the statute that made Andalusia an autonomous communities of Spain, autonomous community of Spain.


In many municipalities and cities of Andalusia, people decorate their balconies with the national flag of Andalusia and with bunting (textile), bunting echoing its green-and-white bars. Cultural competitions are often held in conjunction with the day. In some cities, especially in the Málaga area, schools are closed for a Semana Cultural ("cultural week"), also known as Semana Blanca ("white week"). The Friday before is often a day of celebration in schools with a traditional Andalusian breakfast (''desayuno andaluz''), consisting of a slice of toast with a thin layer of olive oil and orange juice; students color pictures that refer to the symbols and insignia of Andalusia, its history and customs, put on plays and sing the national anthem, the ''Himno de Andalucía''.

Historic observances


The holiday in 2007 included a plenary session of the Parliament of Andalusia at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville to grant that year's honor of Hijo Predilecto de Andalucía ("Favorite son of Andalusia") to José de Sousa Saramago and the Medal of Andalusia to Miguel Báez Espuny 'El Litri', Real Betis Balompié, Carlos Cabezas Jurado, Bernardo Rodríguez Arias, Felipe Reyes Cabañas, Juana Castro, Ramón Contreras, María García Torrecillas, Eva Yerbabuena, Eva Garrido ('La Yerbabuena'), Rafael Martos Sánchez ('Raphael') and Javier Ruibal.Distinciones de Hijo Predilecto y Medallas de Andalucía 2007
, andaluciajunta.es (official site of the Andalusian Autonomous Government), 2007-02-13

See also

* Andalusian nationalism


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