Logo dedicated to Independence Day 2009 in Colombia
Christopher Colombus is credited with the discovery of Columbia. During the earlier times, the land of Columbia was under the Spanish rule since 1500. In 1549, Audiencia in Santa Fe de Bogota gave capital status to New Granada, which is now a part of Columbia. On July 20, 1810, the citizens of Bogota formed the first representative council to withstand Spanish authority, and achieved full independence in 1810. The struggle for independence in Columbia received an impetus led by great freedom fighters Simуn Bolivar and Francisco de Paula Santander in New Granada which resulted in the Battle of Boyaca, on August 7, 1819. Bolivar was subsequently elected as the first president of Greater Columbia and Francisco de Paula Santander, as its vice president.
The Independence Day of Columbia is celebrated with unequalled festive fervor. The day falls on 20th July every year when all the office, school and college establishments remain closed. Various festivals and events are held on this occasion at different cities and towns of the country. It’s also the time to organize events highlighting the traditional folk dances and songs of the region.