What do Día de la Hispanidad, Fiesta Nacional de España and Columbus Day all have in common? They all celebrate the Spanish Age of Exploration and Christopher Columbus’ first arrival in the Americas in 1492.
Taking place on October 12th, or the second Monday in October in the case of Columbus Day, Hong Kong’s very own Spanish Chamber of Commerce is joining in the festivities and has organised more than a month’s worth of activities to teach Hongkongers about Spanish culture and how best to celebrate Spain’s national day.
In Spain, the holiday is an occasion for colourful fanfare, military parades and dazzling celebrations. In Hong Kong, though, it’s more like Mes de la Hispanidad, because we celebrate all month long. Yes, the annual Spanish October festival is back with even better events and is stretching itself into the month of November.
Among the many events taking place this year, you’ll be able to take part in Flamenco dancing and language workshops, a Spanish gastronomic adventure and a special Spanish film festival (Don Quijote: Galloping Through The Movies, pictured). The 11th annual film fest will be screening a new movie every Wednesday from October 26 until November 23. This year’s opening film is Truman, which has won five Goya Awards, Spain’s equivalent of the Oscars.
But that’s not all. For the second year in a row, Mavericks is bringing the festival to Pui O Beach, on Saturday November 12, for a day filled with Spanish vibes. Come on down for the day and enjoy tapas, sangria, paella competitions and much more! For just $220 on the door, you’ll get two food and drink tokens. And here’s a Time Out tip: come decked out entirely in white and you’ll get extra tokens to buy more sangria with.
So don’t hesitate! Check out the official website for all the details on the Spanish October Festival this year and live la vida loca! spanish-october.com