Holidays

It's time to celebrate...and Spaniards know how

Major Celebrations/Secular Celebrations:

Many of the holidays in Spain are based on religion. Some of the holidays are national throughout Spain and marked (N) others are regional (R)

  • January 1: New Year’s Day (N)

  • January 2: Monday after New Year's Day (R) – Andalucía, Aragón, Asturias, Castilla and León, Murcia and Melilla.

  • January 6: Epiphany / Three Kings' Day (N)

  • February 29: Day of Andalusia (R)

  • March 1: Day of Balearic Islands (R)

  • March 20: Monday after Saint Joseph's day (R) – Extremadura and Madrid.

  • The most important period of celebration in Spain is Holy Week (Semana Santa), the annual tribute to the Passion of Jesus Christ. As in all countries that celebrate Easter, the dates vary each year between the last two weeks of March to the first two weeks of April. The holidays are:  Maundy Thursday - (R) – all regions excluding Catalonia, Good Friday (N) Easter Sunday (N), Easter Monday (R) – Balearic Islands, Basque Country, Catalonia, La Rioja, Navarre and Valencia.

  • April 24: Day of Aragon / Day of Castile and Léon (R)

  • May 1: Labour Day/Worker's Day (N)

  • May 2: Day of Madrid (R)

  • May 16: Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday (R) – Catalonia

  • May 17: Galician Literature Day (R)

  • May 30: Day of the Canary Islands (R)

  • May 31: Day of Castilla-La Mancha (R)

  • June 9: Day of Murcia / Day of La Rioja (R)

  • June 15: Corpus Christi (R) – Castilla-La Mancha

  • June 24: St John's Day (San Juan) (R) – Catalonia.

  • July 25: St James' Day (Santiago Apostol) (R) – Basque Country and Navarre.

  • July 28: Cantabrian Institutions Day (R) – Cantabria

  • August 15: Assumption of Mary (N)

  • September 1: Festival of Abraham’s Sacrifice (R) – Ceuta and Melilla.

  • September 2: Day of Ceuta (R)

  • September 8: Day of Asturias / Day of Extremadura (R)

  • September 11: Day of Catalonia (R) – marks the anniversary of the recapture of Barcelona in 1714.

  • September 15: Day of the Bien Aparecida (patron saint) (R) – Cantabria

  • October 9: Day of Valencia (R) – commemorates King James I entering the city of Valencia to free it from Moorish rule in 1238.

  • October 12: Spain's National Day / Columbus Day – commemorates when Columbus landed in the New World in 1492 (N)

  • November 1: All Saints’ Day (Fiesta de Todos los Santos) (N)

  • December 6: Spanish Constitution Day (N)

  • December 8: Immaculate Conception (N)

  • December 25: Christmas (N)

  • December 26: Saint Stephen's Day (R) – Catalonia.

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