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What is Day of the Balearic Islands?

If you’re lucky enough to be living in Ibiza, or any one of the other Balearic Islands – and you’re working in the public sector or a ‘regular office hours’ job, then you might be wondering why we have a day off this Wednesday 1st March?

Why do we celebrate the day of the Balearic Islands?
Well, the day of the Balearic islands is a day to commemorate the Statute of Autonomy  – giving the local government some relative freedoms from Spain to rule themselves. This was only signed for the first time in 1983 and has been celebrated annually on the 1st March ever since, across Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca and Menorca.

So, how is it traditionally celebrated? What can I expect?
Some festivals, markets and activities for kids will be held across the Balearic islands. Although with many businesses and shops closed for the festivities, and people celebrating at home with their families, the islands can feel a little quiet…

So, what’s actually happening in Ibiza?
While there isn’t much organised this year specially in aid of day of the Balearic islands here in Ibiza, many bars and restaurants will still be open so you can enjoy relaxing or eating out with friends and family for the day. However, in Ibiza the Carnival celebrations that started at the weekend, are still happening and will culminate on Wednesday (day of the Balearic islands) with a tradition called ‘the burial of the Sardine‘, in Parque del Paz in Ibiza town. It’s a great activity for the whole family, from grandparents to kids and it’s kicking off at around 6pm, but it’s best to get down there before 7pm because that’s when the burial of the sardine will actually begin, celebrations are then expected to continue until around 12pm.

So… Happy day of the Balearic Islands to you and yours!

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