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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?
There is so much organised this year, most of the events are taking place all over the island, between the 24 of February and the 4 of March. Events involve culture, food and sports activities, to find out more visit the website of the Consell. Many bars and restaurants will be also open so you can enjoy relaxing or eating out with friends and family for the day.

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

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