Public holidays in Spain

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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 13 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 two out of the seven 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]

The following table is updated to 2018[4].

Autonomous communities Autonomous cities
Date English name Native name Notes Andalusia Aragon Castile and León Castilla-La Mancha Canary Islands Catalonia Extremadura Galicia (Spain) Balearic Islands La Rioja (Spain) Community of Madrid Region of Murcia Navarre Asturias Basque Country (autonomous community) Cantabria Valencian Community Ceuta Melilla
January 1 New Year's Day Año Nuevo YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY
January 6 Epiphany Día de Reyes / Epifanía del Señor YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY
February 28 Andalusian National Day Día de Andalucía Statute-of-Autonomy commemoration YesY
March 1 Balearic National Day Dia de les Illes Balears YesY
March 19 St. Joseph's Day San José YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY
March or April Maundy Thursday Jueves Santo YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY
Good Friday Viernes Santo YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY
Easter Monday Lunes de Pascua YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY
April 23 Aragonese National Day San Jorge o Diya d’Aragón Patronage festivity YesY
Regional Day Día de Castilla y León Historical account YesY
May 1 Labour Day Día del Trabajador YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY
May 2 Regional Day Fiesta de la Comunidad de Madrid Historical account YesY
May 17 Galician Literature Day Día das Letras Galegas YesY
May 30 Canarians National Day Día de Canarias first-Canary-parliament commemoration YesY
May 31 Regional Day Día de la Región Castilla-La Mancha Regional constitution commemoration YesY
June 9 Regional Day Día de la Región de Murcia Statute-of-Autonomy commemoration YesY
Día de La Rioja YesY
June 13 St. Anthony's Day San Antonio YesY
July 25 Galician National Day Santiago Apóstol o Día da Patria Galega Patronage festivity YesY
August 6 Santa Maria of Africa Santa María de África YesY
August 15 Assumption Asunción YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY
August 22 Feast of the Sacrifice or Eid al-Adha Celebración del Sacrificio Variable Islamic YesY YesY
September 8 Regional Day Día de Asturias Patronage festivity YesY
Día de Extremadura YesY
September 11 Catalonian National Day Diada de Catalunya Historical account YesY
September 15 Regional Day Día de Cantabria o Día de La Montaña Customs-and-traditions exaltation YesY
September 17 Municipal Day Día de Melilla Historical account YesY
October 9 Valencian National Day Dia de la Comunitat Valenciana YesY
October 12 Spanish National Holiday Fiesta Nacional de España YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY
October 25 Basque National Day Euskadi Eguna[5] Statute-of-Autonomy commemoration YesY
November 1 All Saints Day Día de todos los Santos YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY
December 6 Constitution Day Día de la Constitución YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY
December 8 Immaculate Conception Inmaculada Concepción YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY
December 25 Christmas Day Navidad YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY YesY
December 26 St. Stephen's Day Sant Esteve YesY
Total holidays 12 12 13 13 12 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 13 12 13 14 14

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. ^ Internet, Unidad Editorial. "La fiesta grande de los musulmanes, oficial por primera vez en España - España - elmundo.es". www.elmundo.es. 
  4. ^ CEF, El. "Calendario de fiestas laborales estatal, comunidades autónomas y fiestas locales". www.laboral-social.com/. 
  5. ^ Correo, El. "La fiesta del Día de Euskadi nace con división. El Correo". www.elcorreodigital.com. 

External links

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