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Public holidays in Spain

 

Public holidays in Spain

Public holidays celebrated in Spain include a mix of religious (Roman Catholic), national and regional observances. Each municipality is allowed to have a maximum of 14《public》holidays per year; a maximum of nine of these are chosen by the national government and at least two are chosen locally.

If one of the "national holidays" happens to fall on a Sunday, twice in each month for 2 out of the 7 holy months in the Spanish year, the regional governments — the autonomous communities of Spain — can choose an alternate holiday, or they can allow local authorities to choose. In practice, except for holidays falling on a Sunday, the regional governments can choose up to three holidays per year; or they can choose fewer to allow for more options at the local level.

A puente (bridge) is sometimes made between weekends and holidays that fall on Tuesday or Thursday. The puente will then create a long weekend.

Since 2010, Ceuta and Melilla, both autonomous cities of Spain, have declared the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha or Feast of the Sacrifice, as an official public holiday. It was the first time a non-Christian religious festival has been officially celebrated in Spain since the Reconquista.[1][2][3]

Autonomous communities
Date English name Native name
January 1 New Year's Day (national holiday) Año Nuevo Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
January 6 Epiphany (national holiday) Día de Reyes / Epifanía del Señor Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
February 28 Regional Holiday Día de Andalucía Y
March 1 Regional Holiday Dia de les Illes Balears Y
March 19 St. Joseph's Day San José ML Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
March or April Maundy Thursday Jueves Santo Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Good Friday (national holiday) Viernes Santo Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
Easter Monday Lunes de Pascua Y Y Y Y Y
April 23 Regional Holiday San Jorge (Día de Aragón) Y
Día de Castilla y León Y
May 1 Labour Day (national holiday) Día del Trabajador Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
May 2 Regional Holiday Fiesta de la Comunidad de Madrid Y
May 17 Regional Holiday (Galician Literature Day) Día das Letras Galegas Y
May 30 Regional Holiday Día de Canarias Y
May 31 Regional Holiday Día de la Región Castilla-La Mancha Y
May or June Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Y
June 9 Regional Holiday Día de la Región de Murcia Y
Día de La Rioja Y
June 24 St. John's Day Sant Joan Y
July 25 Saint James Santiago Apóstol Y
August 15 Assumption (national holiday) Asunción Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
September 2 Municipal Holiday Día de Ceuta CE
September 8 Regional Holiday Día de Asturias Y
Día de Extremadura Y
September 11 National Day of Catalonia Diada Nacional de Catalunya Y
September 15 Regional Holiday Día de Cantabria Y
October 9 Regional Holiday Dia de la Comunitat Valenciana Y
October 12 Fiesta Nacional de España (national holiday) Fiesta Nacional de España Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
October 25 Regional Holiday (from 2011) Euskadi Eguna Y[4]
November 1 All Saints Day (national holiday) Día de todos los Santos Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
December 6 Constitution Day (national holiday) Día de la Constitución Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
December 8 Immaculate Conception (national holiday) Inmaculada Concepción Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
December 25 Christmas Day (national holiday) Navidad Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y
December 26 St. Stephen's Day Sant Esteve Y Y
Variable Islamic Feast of the Sacrifice or Eid al-Adha Celebración del Sacrificio Y

References

  1. ^ "Muslim Holiday in Ceuta and Melilla". Spainforvisitors.com. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  2. ^ "Public Holidays and Bank Holidays for Spain". Qppstudio.net. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  3. ^ http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2010/11/12/espana/1289546348.html
  4. ^ http://www.elcorreodigital.com/vizcaya/20091205/politica/fiesta-euskadi-nace-division-20091205.html

External links

  • National and regional holidays in Spain from an expatriate perspective
  • Madrid Public holidays National & regional
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