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    21 Things You Must Know About Catalonia

    Because sooner than later they will become Europe's "next state” and we must be ready for that day.

    9/11 was Catalonia's National Day...

    And 1.6 million Catalans gathered to form a human chain to demand independence.

    But... independence from whom?

    This sign should answer the question.

    Here are some facts about Europe's next state and its determined people!

    1. The first reference of Catalonia dates back to the 12th century...

    2. And the origin of the name is subject to diverse interpretations.

    3. Catalonia was once part of the Roman Empire.

    4. This is a map from the early modern days...

    5. And this is Catalonia today.

    6. Barcelona is the capital city...

    7. And the Senyera is their flag.

    8. Catalan language has been spoken for more than 1,000 years...

    9. But was banned during Franco's regime.

    10. Salvador Dalí was Catalan.

    11. Gaudí was Catalan.

    Catalans have many famous traditions:

    12. They build human towers called Castells.

    13. They do a type of circle dance called Sardana.

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    This is the incredible opening ceremony of the 1992 Summer Olympics.

    14. They have pyromaniac devils known as Correfoc...

    15. And giants with big heads called Gegants & Capgrossos.

    16. Another popular activity is mushroom hunting.

    17. Bullfighting was banned in 2010.

    18. FC Barcelona is more than just a soccer team!

    19. They have a day where men give roses to women...

    And women give books to men.

    20. The Catalan Sovereignty Declaration was issued on January 2013.

    21. And they are expecting an independence referendum in 2014.

    Could this be the beginning of a new era for the Catalans?

    Let's all join hands for Catalonia!

    Visca Catalunya!

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