The Valencian Community is a self-governing community which is located on the eastern coast of Spain. The Community consists of the three provinces Valencia, Alicante, and Castellón.
Dia de la Comunidad Valenciana, also known as Day of the Valencian Community. It points out the celebration and anniversary of the capture of Valencia from the Moorish forces.
Moorish forces took control of Valencia in the 8th century and had control over the city for 500 years. King James 1 of Aragon fought the Moorish and they surrendered on the 28th of September. On October 9, King James 1 took control of Valencia which was at that time still an independent country. In 1707 Valencia became part of the Kingdom of Spain. The Valencian region still didn’t have full autonomy but that changed in 1982.
Valencia has its own flag since 1159 and it is shown everywhere on the Day of the Valencian Community. This flag has a symbool which is based on Senyera. Senyera stands for the ancient kingdom of Aragon. The Valencian flag is generally shown with the national one of Spain.
Dia de la Comunidad Valenciana is annually celebrated on the 9th of October. It is a public holiday only in Valencia. In the city and in other towns and villages are parades being held. These parades include music and people dressed in medieval costumes and some are riding on horses. People eat together in the evening with tasty local specialties and afterwards there will be more partying. Almost all businesses, organisations, and stores are closed while some bakeries and convenience stores may be open.
Another special day
Not only is the Day of the Valencian Community celebrated, but also the ´Day of Saint Dionysius´. Saint Dionysius also known as Areopagite is the patron saint of lovers. On this day you can give your loved one a Mocaorà which is a silken scarf with homemade marzipan sweets. You can also give the marzipan in fancy boxes.