The Balearic Islands celebrate their “Independence day”
The independence of the Balearics Islands - Mallorca, Ibiza, Formentera, Menorca and Cabrera – to the Spanish province is celebrated every year on the 1st of March and is called as the “Day of the Balearic Islands”.
Originally, the Balearic Islands were recommended in 1931 for autonomy status. However, this was not possible under the Franco dictatorship. Only in 1983 occurred on March 1, the statute of independence in force, which has been renewed of 2007. But the time of the first statute, the date was not yet as an official holiday. This was introduced and established in 1999.
In the Majorcan capital Palma there is a big market in honour of the day. There are offered spices, Mediterranean food, jewellery and handicrafts. Even music and dance may not be missing. Bagpiper and belly dancers are also seen on the market.
On all the islands sporting events, readings and exhibitions on Balearic Islands and shared meals with family and friends will be held until the beginning of March to the event by the end of February. Even children's programs are offered at every feast. Most of the museums on the islands are open on this day and offers free entrance for residents and tourists. If the date falls on a Sunday, the authorities may regionally decide whether to transfer the bank holiday day to the following Monday. If it falls, however on a Tuesday or Thursday, most companies are introducing a bridging day.