The National Day of Catalonia
Reception hosted by Ms Roser Clavell, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation of the Government of Catalonia
For the first time, the UK delegation of the Government of Catalonia held its National Day celebrations in Edinburgh on 16th September 2009, next to the Scottish Parliament which was designed by the eminent Catalan architect, Enric Miralles.
The reception (pictured) was hosted by Ms. Roser Clavell, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation of the Government of Catalonia, with Mr. Xavier Solano, Head of the Catalan Government’s Delegation to the UK. Bruce Crawford MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business of Scotland, represented the Scottish Government, and gave the reply.
The first Act passed by the Parliament of Catalonia when it was re-established in 1980 declared the 11th September as the Catalan National Day in the following terms:
"(...) In times of struggle, the Catalan people used to mark a special day, the eleventh of September, as the National Day of Catalonia. This special day reminds us of the painful memories of the loss of liberties on the eleventh of September 1714, and an attitude of struggle and active resistance to oppression, but also embodied the hope of total recovery of its nationhood. (...) Therefore, the People of Catalonia, by the powers vested in its Parliament, establishes the following law:
"Article one. The eleventh of September is declared the National Day of Catalonia”.
Nowadays, this special day has become an important celebration which brings together institutions and citizens around democratic and civic values. During the National Day, Catalans remember the past but also celebrate their will to be a modern, multicultural and responsible nation.