Monday, 11 October 2010

Tomorrow is a National Holiday in Spain

Why? Because it is Día de la Hispanidad, which celebrates everything Spanish throughout the world (hence all the flags, with best wishes from Mafalda and her friends, one of South America's greatest cartoon characters). After Mandarin Chinese and English, Spanish is the third most-spoken language on the planet unless there are several billion people as yet undiscovered. Talking of discoveries, tomorrow, 12 de Octubre, used to be a celebration of the 'discovery' of America. As we said last year, the aboriginal peoples of what came to be called America, woulñd have been perfectly happy not to be discovered by the White Plague. Oh, it is also Our Lady of the Pillar (no kidding), the patron saint of the Guardia Civil, as well as of the lovely city of Zaragoza and other places we don't know. (Just noticed: the flag of Gibraltar is included amongt hose of the Spanish-speaking countries ... interesting!)

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