The Day of the Canary Islands (Día de las Canarias) is a public holiday the Canary Islands, Spain, on May 30 each year. This is a holiday that the people celebrate their culture and traditions from many years ago. On this day, many shops close, people dress in the traditional clothing of the Islands, and parades are held in major cities.
It also marks the anniversary of the autonomous Canary Islands Parliament's first session, which was on May 30, 1983.
(In the slideshow above, in one of the pictures, you will see a large version of an idol (in the yellow cart) that people revere as the last remaining idol from the original native inhabitants of these islands, you can see it in many shops and stores to display their pride in their heritage as Canarians.)
The Canary Islands consists of eight inhabited islands off the coast of Africa. The islands are:
Chinijo Archipelago, which includes the islands La Graciosa, Alegranza, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste.
These islands form an autonomous community of Spain, but are closer to Morocco and the Western Sahara. The Canary Islands were known to the Romans, but remained independent. The Spanish invasion of the islands began in 1402 AD. The islands were incorporated into the Kingdom of Castile in 1495 AD. They became an autonomous community of Spain on August 10, 1982. The autonomous Canary Islands Parliament's first session was on May 30, 1983.