The National Day of Catalonia, The Day of 'Yes'

At exactly 17:14, 5:14 PM, cheers erupted from Plaça de Catalunya and throughout the city's main avenues. From those clinging to light-posts and standing atop mailboxes, to those among a sea of waving independence flags, hundreds of thousands of Catalans, perhaps a million, gathered under the strong September song and chanted...

Catalonia's National Day: Its Historical Context In This Year's Historic Moment

The National Day of Catalonia (Diada Nacional Del Catalunya), also known as “La Diada” or “Onze de Setembre”, commemorates the fall of Barcelona in 1714 during the War of Spanish Succession, a historic moment that marked the beginning of Castilian dominance over Catalonia. Over the last century...