Best Plans for October 12, 2019
by Maria Martin on Friday, October 11, 2019
October 12th is the National Day in Spain. What it is mainly celebrated is the invasion of Latin America by the Spanish conquerors. But on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, they pay homage to the indigenous civilizations inhabiting the continent before Columbus landed. The international festivity receives other names like the Hispanic Heritage Day, Cultural Diversity Day, Day of the Meeting of Two Worlds, and many more. The day is long and there is much to celebrate. But what should you not miss on this day?
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October 12 in Spain
In Madrid, for example, you will find that many major museums have free admission. Take advantage of it! And remember that you are in Madrid, the weather is still nice, and you will continue to find terraces where you can have a drink! Apart from this, the city offers a wide variety of theater plays and concerts. Even though it's a holiday, Madrid does never stop!
If you are in Barcelona you can pop over to the nearby city of Zaragoza where their grand celebration, the Día del Pilar, is celebrated. It is one of the liveliest festivities in Spain where you will see regional costumes, floral offerings, culinary fairs...
And in Seville, the 12th of October is considered the start of the Christmas shopping season, so have a look at the outdoor markets and get a jump on your gift shopping. And if you’re looking for something a little more colorful, you have Seville’s Cathedral where every year they have a majestic floral display on the tomb of Christopher Columbus in his honor.
Valencia is one of the musical capitals of Spain, so it is not surprising that their schedule is full of concerts. Pablo López's concert, the Seafood Fair and the Ruzafa’s Fashion Week are some of the events for this weekend.
If you are in Malaga, you will also have a great dose of music, theater and exhibitions. You can take the opportunity to visit the exhibition “Banksy. The Art of Protest” that ends this Sunday, October 13.
One of the main attractions of Granada is its serenity and romance. The long weekend that October offers in the middle of the month is one of the favorites for travelers visiting the city. What could be more charming than a Granada, filled with art, during one of the most beautiful seasons of the year?
In Alicante, they will have a very interesting a nautical event: young sailors between 7 and 14 will put on a sailing exhibition as part of the around the world sail race. Sport and excitement!
Salamanca is culture and it does not need to be a special day to enjoy all kinds of events from exhibitions to micro-theater performances; but if you stay a little longer, we recommend that you go beyond the city. In Alba de Tormes, there are lively festivities in its streets including chirigotas (musical groups) and colorful parades featuring paper mâche giants… Even a take-off from a Broadway musical!
October 12 in Latinamerica
And Mexico celebrates its indigenous heritage splendidly. In the centric Plaza del Zocalo you can see recreations of ancient Aztec warrior dances.
Guanajuato celebrates not only one of the most important cultural events of Mexico, but also of the Spanish-speaking world, the Cervantino International Festival: theater, music, dance, opera, visual arts... It’s all there!
On the Playa del Carmen, not only is it a great place to lie on the beach, but also to volunteer for some charity work. On October 13th the Mayakoba benefit bicycle race takes place, where not only can we test our physical capacities, but also enjoy that fact that it goes to a good cause- care for the elderly.
In Ibarra, Ecuador (just outside of Quito), a unique and very entertaining competition is held from the 1st to the 9th of October. It’s the Zorro (Fox) hunt. The horsemen try to trap (you don’t have to fear for the poor animal) a rider disguised as "El Zorro", the popular hero dressed in black, complete with mask and wide-brimmed hat! The rider who succeeds in catching him will have the honor of being the “Fox” the following year.
If you are in Buenos Aires, Iyou will celebrate the Day of respect for cultural diversity. In addition, you can enjoy a wide cultural offer in what is the theater capital worldwide.
If this October 12th you are in Bogota, on this day the diversity of races originated with the meeting between indigenous, European and African people is commemorated after the arrival of Columbus in America on October 12, 1492.
Just 55 kilometers from Cartagena (Colombia), the town of San Basilio de Palenque celebrates the Festival of Drums from October 11 to the 13. During this celebration not only is the sound of percussion king, but also the culture and local cuisine. A taste of the Caribbean!
Sosua celebrates its DR Jazz Festival in October, filled with great international jazz performances mixed with Caribbean influences every Friday up to the first week of November. Imagine dancing and enjoying the most elegant music on the seafront, cocktail in hand.
Antigua, in Guatemala, is a melting pot of cultures and we can see it in the various activities scheduled for October 12, venues filled rising musical artists. Quite a busy day!
As you can see on October 12th is full of opportunities to have a great time. And if we have left any out, let us know and we will be there!