Diá de Andalucia is celebrated each year on 28th February. The day marks the anniversary of a referendum held in 1980 when Andalucía became an autonomous community in Spain.
The event is often marked with celebrations in each town within Andalucia. Here in Manilva, the celebrations are held in Calle Mar in front of the town hall or, in the event of bad weather, in the sports centre.
The programe for this years celebrations are as follows:-
11.30 Manilva band march through the streets
12.00 Civic ceremony including a speech by the mayoress, followed by the raising of the Andalucian flag. This is accompanied by the singing of the andalucian hymn by the choirs of Manilva and Sabinillas.
13.00 – Performance by the Sabinillas Choir
13.30 – Performance by the Manilva Choir
14.00 – Reading and song by Romancero Gitano
15.00 – Flamenco dancing performed by the students of the Eva Cabrera and Cristina Seguín Dance Schools.
16.00 – Performance by the Music School Orchestra.
17.00 – Performance by the Municipal Dance School.
18.00 – Performance by the Music School Orchestra.
Hopefully the weather will be good as there is normally a real party atmosphere in Manilva on Andalucia day. Many of the bars open out onto the street and its a really pleasant way to spend the afternoon.
Remember that it is a bank holiday throughout Andalucia so most shops and businesses will be closed.