The National Day of Catalonia is celebrated on September 11th. The date was chosen for its symbolism, as on September 11, 1714, the city of Barcelona fell into the hands of the Bourbon troops and the Catalan institutions and civil liberties were abolished.
It is a mostly a festivity to claim for the Catalan heritage and rights, with numerous institutional acts. The shops remain closed – as it is not a working day -, with the exception of the Maremàgnum shopping center and some shops in Gràcia and the El Born district. Some museums in Barcelona, such as the MNAC and the Museum of the History of Catalonia, join in the celebration of Catalan culture with an open day, as well as some institutional buildings such as the Palau de la Generalitat or the Parliament of Catalonia. To visit the latter this year, we will have to wait to see the evolution of the Covid data.
Have a happy Diada!