Happy Spain Day!

12 Oct

October 12th.

Not only should this date resonate with Spaniards as the Fiesta Nacional de España – the National Day of Spain – but also with all our amigos over on the Western Hemisphere because todays date marks the day that Christopher Columbus landed in the New World. With so many things to celebrate, it’s no wonder we needed the day off of work!

As with many Spanish holidays, this one too comes with a religious background. Today is the day of Nuestra Señora de Pillar – Our Lady of the Pillar – who also happens to be the Virgin Mary. Are you confused yet? It’s a good thing I didn’t put in any hours at work so I had more time to sift through all this!

To keep it brief, Mary appeared to James on the banks of the river Ebro, offering to give him help and guidance along with something a little more solid – a pillar with which James was to build a church. The pillar today is located in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza, Spain.


As you can probably imagine, todays holiday is a much bigger deal in Zaragoza at the site of the basilica. But Our Lady of the Pillar became the national patroness of Spain and of the Spanish Civil Guard thus creating the need to celebrate everywhere.

In Zaragoza there is a festival, in Madrid a big parade. And in Lucena, a celebration that seems only appropriate for the size and lifestyle of the town – an hour long concert in the main square. Who says living in a small town doesn’t have it’s charm?

So in ending, I wish you all a very happy October 12th – no matter what or where you are choosing to celebrate.

Today’s Word: perezoso (adj.): lazy; as in “I had the day off and I’ve been nothing but perezoso”



One Response to “Happy Spain Day!”

  1. Grandma and Grandpa October 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    A lazy day is always WELCOME, Emily.
    So many reason to celebrate always, it seems.
    I just checked on line Our Lady of Pompeii……..My friend Mary’s mother gave her this beautiful quarter size, gold medallion – Mary always thought it was The Pieta. Looking at it closer – Mary is holding the Child Jesus, on her left and right are two other figures – – they happen to be SS Dominic and Catherine of Sienna…….Statues have always been important in our Church. Our pastor sadly does not like statues – so we are deprived of some pretty treasures at St. Joseph’s.
    Oh well, thanks Emily – Love you, Grandma
    GP has his left cataract surgery on the morning at 7 ASM…..Say a prayer.

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