The Fiesta Nacional de España is a Spanish public holiday that falls on October 12. Spain’s National Day commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas and is also sometimes known as Día de la Hispanidad, or Hispanic Day. Día de la Hispanidad was first celebrated in Madrid in 1935 and was made an official public holiday in 1981. In 1987 its name was changed to Fiesta Nacional removing any reference to Spanish colonialism. Spain’s national holiday coincides with the country’s Armed Forces Day and the military plays a significant part in the day’s celebrations.
The day is also celebrated around the world: in the United States it is known as Columbus Day; Día de las Américas in Uruguay and Belize; Día de la Raza in Mexico, Chile and Colombia; and Discovery Day in the Bahamas.
New on TV on Saturday on BBC one, hosted by EastEnders star Danny Dyer, The Wall is the ultimate combination of strategy, knowledge and luck, and will see the questions voiced by TV legend Angela Rippon.
Up against BBC Strictly Dancing extravaganza is the start of The X Factor: Celebrity on itv and you can read about the contestants in our magazine feature. Will this new idea revive the X Factor show´s flailing viewing figures?
On Channel4 you can choose something more relaxing as Christopher Timothy and Peter Davison return once again to relive the golden age of motoring, exploring Britain's most beautiful vintage roads in Great British Car Journeys.
Old favourites for BBC daytime return from Monday with Rip Off Britain: Live, Claimed and Shamed and Caught Red Handed.
Other featured programmes this week include drama with Dublin Murders on BBC one on Monday and Tuesday and Giri/Haji on BBC TWO on Thursday.
There are documentaries about animals with The Dog Rescuers, with Alan Davies on 5Select on Wednesday, Drag Kids on 5Star on Thursday and Charlotte Church: My Family & Me on Channel4 on Thursday.
And music, can you believe it is series 54 of Later... with Jools Holland on BBC TWO on Thursday and Even Later… with Jools Holland and Mark Ronson on Friday.
In sport you can watch live coverage of England's Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia on itv on Monday.
Editor´s pick of the week
Inside Sainsbury’s: Posh or Past It?
on Channel5 on MONDAY at 10pm
With 150 years of history, Sainsbury’s is one of the oldest names on the high street. It was once Britain’s most popular supermarket, but as journalist Fiona Phillips reveals in this documentary, that was a generation ago.
Can Sainsbury’s regain its former glory? Appealing to aspirational customers in search of high quality products at a reasonable price, Sainsbury’s was once top of the shops. But today it has fallen behind market leader Tesco, finding itself squeezed at both ends between discount stores offering lower prices and upmarket rivals competing on all important quality.
To regain the top slot, Sainsbury’s proposed a merger with ASDA, hoping to create a new retail giant. But earlier this year the regulator turned down the proposal, worried about the effect of reduced competition on consumers.
Speaking to former Sainsbury’s employees, plus market experts, rivals and customers, Fiona Phillips explores the challenges the store is now facing in their quest to win the battle for the ‘middle market’.