The Day of Murcia, also known as the Day of the Region of Murcia, is celebrated on June 9 annually and most organizations and businesses that observe the holiday will be closed for the day. The Statute of Autonomy, which is a law ranked under the constitution of a country and above any other form of legislation was approved in Murcia on June 9, 1982. On the Day of Murcia, people display the flag of the autonomous community of Murcia in their homes and they also wave it on the streets. Whenever the holiday falls on a Tuesday or a Thursday, the local or regional authorities may move the holiday to another date as many businesses and organizations are already closed on Mondays and Fridays. A change of date would make sure that they do not have to close their business twice a week.
History of Day of Murcia
The city of Murcia is located in the southeast of Spain. Murcia is the most populous city and also the capital city of the autonomous community of the Region of Murcia. An autonomous community in Spain is a first-level administrative and political division created to assure limited independence of the regions and nationalities that make up Spain. On Day of Murcia, the flag of the autonomous community of Murcia is seen. On a red background, it depicts a shield and a crown. Murcia’s coat of arms consists of a shield and a crown. On the shield, there are eight images of lions and castles, seven images of crowns, and one image of a heart. Because of its long agricultural tradition, as well as its vegetable, flower, and fruit production and exports, the city is known as “Europe’s orchard.”
The city of Murcia was founded by the Emir of Cordoba named Abd ar-Rahman II in 825. Most people believe that Murcia’s name came from one of two sources, it was either derived from the Latin word ‘myrtea,’ which means land of the ‘myrtle.’ The myrtle is a plant that grows well in the area. The name could have also been derived from the word ‘Murtia,’ which meant Murtius Village. In the 12th century, a writer and traveler who went by the name of Muhammed al-Idrisi spoke of the city of Murcia as being a very secure, well-populated city. In 1031 after the fall of the Caliphate of Cordoba, Murcia eventually became the capital of its own kingdom after passing under the successive rule of different powers. Murcia became a very wealthy city, famous for its ceramics which were exported to Italy as well as for its paper and silk, which were the first in Europe.
The Statute of the Autonomy of the Region of Murcia was approved through organic law by the Cortes Generales. The statute has been amended four times, the first amendment which took place in March 1991 established that elections should take place on the fourth Sunday in May every four years. The second amendment was on February 28, 1992, which established autonomous agreements that increased the powers of different autonomies. The third amendment took place on June 15, 1998, and this increased number of deputies could be determined by the electoral law. The fourth amendment was in 2013 and it was done by amending article 30.
Day of Murcia timeline
The third-oldest university in Spain is established.
Murcia becomes the capital of the province of Murcia.
The Spanish football club competes for the first time in the Tercera División.
The professional Spanish tennis player and coach is born in Murcia on August 21.
Day of Murcia FAQs
What is special about Murcia?
Murcia is known for its folklore and its fruits and vegetables that are exported all over Europe.
What is the weather like in Murcia?
The sun shines all through the year in Murcia. It has short winters and hot summers.
Is Murcia impoverished?
Murcia Region has the country’s fifth-highest poverty rate, and many families are unable to meet unexpected expenses.
Day of Murcia Activities
Learn about Murcia’s history
You will not be able to celebrate this holiday properly if you do not know why it is being celebrated. You can start reading about Murcia’s history days or weeks before the actual date so you can celebrate confidently on that day. There are vast resources for you to learn from, either online or even at a local library.
Most businesses that observe the holidays would be closed for the day so people would have time on their hands to attend events. You can organize a sports event, food tasting event, or musical event. The aim is to bring everyone together to have fun.
Display the flag
If you do not want to do much on that day but you still want to participate then you can show your support by displaying the flag or Murcia in your home or on the streets. You can also buy flags for your friends and family and help them display them.
5 Interesting Facts About Murcia
It is the E.U.’s second-largest country
It is the second-largest country in the European Union after France.
Nudity is not prohibited
Nudity is not technically legal, though this depends on regional laws.
It has a large population
It has the sixth-largest population in Europe and the fourth-largest in the E.U.
Spanish people have a long life expectancy
According to statistics, Spain has a very high life expectancy of 83 years.
Spain is not very religious
Only 17.3% of the population goes to church every Sunday.
Why We Love Day of Murcia
It has a long history
Murcia was founded in 825 A.D. It has been in existence for a very long time. We love to celebrate this beautiful city that has survived through history and still came out strong.
It reminds us of the transition to democracy
In Spain after the transition from dictatorship to democracy the process of devolution that occurred created two autonomous cities and 17 autonomous communities and each one had its Statute of Autonomy.
It helps to preserve culture
Knowing Murcia's history helps people see the importance of preserving certain cultural values. Some cultural values may be lost over time, but celebrations like these keep them in check.
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