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Dominican Republic celebrates Restoration Day

Restoration Day in the Dominican Republic is a public holiday.

Restoration Day Date: August 16

Dominican Republic celebrates Restoration Day as a public holiday.

Spain controlled the Dominican Republic until 1863. The Dominicans started the war in Santiago to restore the independence from Spanish rule. On August 16, 1965, Spain ended its occupation and Dominican independence was established.

Dominican Republic Restoration Day History

Since the European countries had arrived in the Western Hemisphere during the 1400-1500s, the Dominican Republic had been at a crossroads of commerce. Its capital, Santo Domingo, is the oldest city in the New World, it has the oldest university, the oldest cathedral and even the first hospital. The Dominican Republic is the perfect place for a relaxing vacation with beaches that stretch for about 1,000 miles.

Dominican Republic Restoration Day Traditions and Activities

August 16 is known as a day of great celebration. Although it is not as elaborate as Mardi Gras celebrations, costumed people are still part of the festivities. The laughter and joy is contagious and the costumes worn are magnificent. Male traditonal folk dancers and beautiful girls costume dress celebrate in the street parades.

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