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National Day celebrations in other parts of Europe

(Recommended article by Fiona Govan published at the Daily Telegraph: "National Day celebrations in other parts of Europe")

National Day celebrations in other parts of Europe
By Fiona Govan
2:17PM BST 11 Jul 2011

The Catalans

Catalan's have their own national day, la diada, on September 11, a date commemorating the 1714 siege of Barcelona by the Bourbon monarchy which led to the annexation of the region and the loss of Catalan self-rule.

Banned during the Franco years the secular bank holiday sees Catalans out on the streets draped in the Senyera  the crimson and gold striped Catalan flag  singing the national anthem Els Segadors. The day is often used for demonstrations and political rallies by Catalan nationalists and there have been violent clashes. The first march following the death of Gen Franco in 1975 brought more than 1 million Catalans on to the streets demanding the reinstatement of the Catalan parliament.

The Basques


The Bretons


Northern Italians


(You can read the full article by clicking here: "National Day celebrations in other parts of Europe")

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