In 1977 Spain was getting ready for democracy and a new constitution was being drawn up. The document stated that some regions, which historically had had the right to self-government, could quickly set up new autonomous parliaments with extra powers. These included Catalonia, the Basque Country and Galicia. Initially it wasn’t foreseen that Andalucía would be in that first wave of devolution and instead the region looked set to follow a longer, five-year process, along with the rest of Spain.
On 4 December some two million people joined festive marches across the region, claiming the right to be treated the same way, on what was dubbed at the time the first Andalucía Day.
By the next year, Andalucía had been granted its wish and began the fast-track route to gaining devolued status.