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31st Dec/ 1st Jan 12 Grapes
January in Spain


January:  1st
Año Nuevo (New Year's Day) in Spain

1st - National New Year's Day in Spain


January 1-2,
2nd Granada Re-conquest Festival - celebrating the Christian conquest of the Moors in 1492
commemorating the arrival of the Catholic Monarchs in the city (1492), the end of the "Re-conquest"

January 1, Palencia, fiesta of the Baptism of Jesus.
January:
5th  3 Kings Cavalcade in Spain. One of the most important and best Spanish festivals.

January:
 6th
Dia de los tres Reyes (12th night, when Christmas presents are given)
6th National Epiphany - Three Kings Day - children receive Christmas presents and candy.

January Festivals and Events in Spain
January 8,
Valverde del Jucar (Cuenca), best day of a longer fiesta that includes reciting poetry that has been handed down for generations, processions and a typical "Christians and Moors" celebration.

17th Mallorca and mainland San Anton - patron saint of domestic animals. Bonfires are lit and demon figures are used. Also celebrated in much of the mainland with bonfires and mounted processions. In Ciudad Real bread rolls are blessed and cockerels auctioned off.
17th Alicante Porrat de San Anton. A traditional market selling local products. An animal show and the blessing of the animals in the bullring. Held in the quarter of the city named after the saint.


17th La Puebla, Majorca St. Anthony - bonfires, dancing and riotous events one of the best events in Spain

29th Zaragoza, Aragon St.Valerus

20th national San Sebastian (Saint Stephen)
Around January 17,
San Antonio Abad (patron of animals): La Puebla (Mallorca), with bonfires and dances;
Alcudia de Guadix (Granada) with bonfires and a tradition of circling the saint's country church nine times;
Benicasim, bonfires in honour of San Antonio and Santa Agueda;


Burgos, livestock market and blessing of the animals; Jadraque (Guadalajara) with traditional dances and luminaries
organized by the saint's association;


 Lleida, procession of three carts that circle a cross in the square three times, ending with blessing the animals; Manlleu (Barcelona) the Candle Dance, done in the afternoon of the saint's day;


Moreda (Asturias), mass in the saint's country church; Palma de Mallorca, horseback procession to request protection for all animals (similiar celebrations in other parts of Mallorca);

Sastago (Zaragoza), bonfire the eve of the saint's day, raffle of a pig to collect money for the fiesta;


Villanueva de Alcolea (Castellón), with horses jumping over bonfires and a horse race.


January 20,
San Sebastián, Acehuche (Cáceres), where men dress up in skins to symbolize the wild beasts that legend says didn't harm the saint; Caniles (Granada), groups of young men fight over the banner that traditionally leads the procesion; Los Arcos (Navarra), procession to the saint's country church, with a traditional meal of salt cod;

San Sebastián, drumming processions from the eve to the end of the saint's day;
Teror (Gran Canaria), singing traditional rhymes on the steps of the church, accompanied by old instruments.

January 22:
San Vicente de la Barquera (Santander), fiestas of the town's patron saint.

January 25,
Conversion of San Pablo, San Pedro de Ribas (Barcelona) and Boltaña (Huesca).

January 30,
San Lesmes, Burgos, when the mayor offers a candle to the saint.




February
 Feb 1:

an Cecilio, Granada, patron saint celebrated partly on Sacromonte    La Candelaria / Las Candelas, Feb 2:  Alcaudete de la Jara (Toledo), where locals dressed as long-ago soldiers parade through town and do a typical dance in each square; Arroyo de la Luz (Caceres), candlelight procession; Caleruega (Burgos), procession and regional dances, sometimes merges into Santa Agueda (Feb 5);

Miranda del Castañar (Salamanca), two candles, the Virgen's for the elderly and the Child's for the youth, it's bad luck for the group whose candle goes out;

Torrox (Malaga), bonfires in all the farms with ancestral songs; Valls (Tarragona), with folklore and "giants and big-heads" typical of this kind of fiesta (people dressed up inside these self-explanatory costumes).  

  San Blas, Feb 3:

Bocairente (Valencia), "Moors and Christians" fiesta in honour of patron saint, with locals dressed up in one of the two groups, processions and mock battles, as well as a  falla-like statue;

Burriana (Castellon), wine-fountain;

Idiazabal (Guipúzcoa), with all kinds of Basque dances, sports and games; 

 Montiel (Ciudad Real), typical kind of omelette, especially celebrated by the young;


Peralta (Navarra), sing the "Aurora" to patron saint at dawn. Procession with "giants and big-heads" and a typicalkind of fried doughnut;

Sax (Alicante), "Moors and Christians" festival, where the processions are done with an odd little hop;

Villar del Arzobispo (Valencia), "San Blas bread" is made in all the houses, blessed then shared with friends, family and domestic animals (they need protection too), traditional dance in the square.  

Santa Agueda, Feb. 5:

Zamarramala (Segovia), where women take over for the duration, in memory of the time when by thir bravery and cleverness the Moors were defeated. Procession, typical dances, burning a straw doll; 

Miranda del Castañar (Salamanca), the women in charge of the fiesta pass the flag over the heads of the participants. Beautiful traditional dress from this area!!  

 First Sunday: 

 Perafita (Barcelona): "Candelera" is celebrated here on a different date, centred around horses. Procession in the morning with participation of all the horses that will compete in the afternoon races. Regional dances. 

Las Marzas, Feb 28:

Baños de Valdearados (Burgos) Typical songs sung at midnight. 

 Carnaval, variable date: 


Celebrated all over the country but the showiest are in: Cadiz and "the" Carnaval in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, both with a fully array of processions. Everyone dresses up; irony and clever criticism dominate for this weeklong festivals. 

Other Carnavals in Spain are held in: Ciudad Rodrigo, which is centred on bullfighting;

Lanz (Navarra), with traditional characters and two different straw figures that are "mistreated" then destroyed.  

Laza (Orense), again with typical characters that act up and out during the fiestas, at the end of the period the "testament" telling local history over the previous year.

San Fructuoso de Bages (Barcelona), the "Rice Festival" is celebrated on Carnaval Sunday, when a huge paella is shared among residents and visitors.

Villanueva de la Vera (Caceres), Pero Palo, a life-size cloth doll with a wooden head that may represent a long-ago bandit or the very devil; it's paraded through the strets for three days accompanied by drum and a typical song. At the end of Carnaval is a symbolic trial and surprise! Pero Palo is sentenced to be destroyed. 

28th Andalucia Dia de Andalucia
  2nd-5th Bocairente, Valencia Re-enactment of struggle between Christians and Moors - parades and fireworks, colourful costumes
 
Various Madrid Madrid Carnival - masked ball, fancy dress and the burrial of a sardine followed by a concert in Plaza Mayor
  1st-2nd Antequera Candelaria (Night)



Mar 19th
San Jose (Father's Day) 11th-Mar 21st Cadiz Festival de Cadiz - Oldest festival in Spain - parades and colourful costumes making it one of the best events in Spain and the best Spanish entertainment .  Las Fallas, Valencia,Spain
 March 15th - 19th.
Valencia on fire

Granada Tango Festival
11th to 16th March 2014
The pulsating excitement of top class tango dancing is featured for a week in Granada.

Madrid en Danza International Dance Festival
March to April
The Madrid en Danza International Dance Festival
 
Angel Sunday
Palma de Mallorca
30th March
This festivity is celebrated at the Bellver Castle, Palma de Mallorca on the following Sunday after Easter every year. March 31st Pais Vasco (Basque Country) Dia de Patria Vasco
  3rd Islas Baleares Dia de Baleares
  12th-19th Valencia Fallas de Valencia - fiesta centering around the burning of effigies of winter demons - bullfights and fireworks
  12th Gibraltar (UK) Commonwealth Day Semana Santa de Riogordo - Easter Week in Riogordo
Semana Santa de Riogordo (Málaga)The representation of the death of Jesus Christ.
The Passion is an important theatrical presentation at this deeply emotive time of the year for Spaniards. Read More Variable
Viernes Santo (Good Friday)
Variable
Dia de Pascua (Easter Sunday)


"Lunes de Aguas"
Salamanca
Monday following Easter.
The Spanish as we know need very little excuse for a festival- but a festival in Spain to welcome prostitutes into the city and a festival immediately after Easter is stretching things a bit.

FESTIVIDAD OF SAINT VINCENT FERRER
Easter has its extension with the St. Vincent Ferrer, the patron saint of the Commonwealth. Even for Spain, Valencia has a lot of festivals though this seems a particularly worthy one. It is customary to visit his house in Chapel converted Natal, where "The Pouet Sant Vicent" which is given to children to drink "to be able to converse whilst young, so as not to suffer from angina, not to lie nor are blasphemous."
 

Romerio Style Pilgrimage to the Monastery at Santa Faz, Alicante
3rd April
(Santa Faz means The Holy Face)
After Easter one of the most important Romerio type pilgrimages occurs in Alicante. A huge crowd, most of the local population follow the procession as it winds its way through the streets of Alicante to the monastery at Santa Faz.


'Feria de Abril' Sevilla
The 'Feria de Abril' Sevilla is a celebration of everything Spanish, started as a cattle market it is now one of Spain's most important celebrations.



April

27th Barcelona Virgin of Montserrat
 
23rd Catalonia St.George, patron saint of Catalonia
 
25th Saucejo, Seville St.Barbara, patroness of miners
 
25th Aragon San Jorge
 
23rd Castilla y Leon Fiesta de la Castilla y Leon
 
20th-25th Seville Feria de Sevilla - all night Flamenco dancing, bullfights, dancing in the streets and horse riding - the most celebrated event in Spain
 
Varies Alcoy, near Alicante Moros y Christians - battle re-enactment with circus-like atmosphere
 
28th-April 4th Seville and National Holy week - processions and floats
 
26th-29th Andujar (Jaen) Romeria - the oldest festival in Spain and of National interest
 
1st Calatayud, Aragon Sunday of San Lazaro
Thursday following Easter week Alicante Pilgrimage of the Holy Visage. A very important and popular event when 200,000 people holding pilgrimage canes walk to the Monastery of Santa Faz to worship at the shrine. They have picnic lunches and a large arts and crafts market is held.

 April
Nowhere is the re-enactment of the Moros y Cristianos festivity as spectacular as in Alcoi.



May 1st
Dia del Trabajo (Labour Day)

May

11th Barcelona Day of Sant Ponc, patron saint of herbalists
 
1st National Labour Day
 
2nd Madrid Dia de Comunidad de Madrid
 
31st Castilla-La-Mancha Dia de Comunidad de Castilla-La-Mancha
 
30th Canarias Dia de Canarias

First two weeks Cordoba Festival de los Patios - residents decorate their patios with cascades of flowers and visitors wander from patio to patio

12th-21st Madrid Fiesta de San Isidro - 10 day celebration of the patron saint - parties, parades, bullfights and dances
 
9th-16th Jerez de la Frontera Horse Fair - greatest horses in the world on parade
 
15th Estepona, Malaga San Isidro's Day
 
2nd Sunday Antequera Romeria day
 
1-3rd Alicante May Crosses (Cruces de Mayo). The Santa Cruz quarter dresses with sweet smelling crosses made from flowers. The finest win awards and dances and games are organised.

ALCOY (Alicante)
Moros y Cristianos
(Moors and Christians)

Jerez Horse Fair
Jerez
Jerez is famous for producing sherry and it also hosts the most important equine heritage event in all of Spain.

Moros y Cristianos de Alcoy




Jun 24th
San Juan (St.John's Day)


Variable (mid June)
Corpus Christi
 

Jun 29th
San Pedro y San Pablo (St.Peter & St.Paul)
 

June

24th National Saint John (San Juan)
 

23rd Catalonia Dia de Sant Joan
Carrion de los Cespedes, Seville Corpus Christi fiesta
 



9th La Rioja Dia de La Rioja
 

9th Murcia Dia de la Region
All Madrid Veranos de la Villa - dancing, music and concerts, often free of charge - all summer long
 



6th National Corpus Christi - big parades especially in Toledo, Malaga, Granada and Seville
 



20th Alicante St.John's Bonfires - bonfires through the night signal 5 days of festivities - business in Alicante comes to a standstill
 

24th National San Juan - Celebrated with bonfires on the beach, lasting all night through the night of the 23rd. At midnight everyone rushes into the sea to symbloise the baptisms by John the Baptist. The theaory is that you wash your feet in the sea to clense your sins. There is also the tradition of jumping the bonfire, to burn away your sins (or something like that).




July

29th Los Morales, Seville St.Marta, local patron saint
 
28th Cantabria 'Dia de Cantabria'
 
25th Galicia Santiago Apostle
First weekend San Lorenzo, Galicia  'A Rapa das Bestas' - capture and branding of wild horses from the hills attracts equestrian lovers from all over Europe
Early July Pamplona 'Running of the bulls' - most popular event in Spain where bulls are released into the streets - also features other events - known as Fiesta de San Fermin
 
22nd-25th Antequera Feria de Santiago
Benidorm Song Festival
 
13th-22nd LaLinea Annual feria week based on Virgen del Carmen. Town's anniversary on the 20th.

16th Estepona Virgen del Carmen: Annual feast of the fishermen when the waters are blessed and the Virgen is carried to sea in a procession.
 
14th Aprox Sotogrande Polo season begins.
 
3rd-8th Estepona Annual feria with large fun fair.

13th Fuengirola Annual feria at the Sohail Castle.
 
16th Alicante Virgen del Carmen: Annual celebration when the fishing port comes alive to mark their patron saint.

Events spread to the Island of Tabarca.

 Natural Cider Festival
 Nava (Asturias)
5th to 11th July

Jul 25th
Santiago (St.James, patron saint of Spain)


August

Aug 15th
Asuncion (Assumption)




September

17th Melilla Dia de Malilla
 
2nd Ceuta Dia de Ceuta
 
11th Catalonia Dia Nacional de Cataluna - flag waving and demonstrations celebrating the region's independence
 
3rd Navarra Dia de Navarra
 
8th Asturias Dia de Asturias
 
8th Extremadura Dia de Extremadura
 
24th Barcelona Festival Setmana Cran - patron saint's day - evening mass followed by a procession to the cathedral then finishing at the harbour
 
8th Antequera Feria de la Patrona Ntra.Sra. de las Virtudes
 
5-8th Alicante Virgen del Socorro. The Ravel quarter organises a feast in honour of its patron saint. The fiesta includes cooking competitions, a procession, games and dances.

15-17th Velez-Malaga Annual Feria



October

Oct 12th
Dia de la Hispanidad (Columbus Day)
 
9th Valencia Dia de Comunidad Valenciana
 
12th Zaragoza Day of El Pilar, procession of giant figures
Zaragoza Samples fair
 

November

1st National All Saints Day - relatives lay flowers on graves of the dead

Nov 1st
Todos los Santos (All Saints Day)
 

December

25th National Christmas Day
 
26th National Saint Stephen
 
6th National Constitution Day
 
8th National Immaculate Conception
 
28th National Dia de los Santos Inocentes - similar to Fools Day which is just an excuse to do silly things

Dec 6th
Dia de la Constitucion (Constitution Day)
 
Dec 8th
Immaculada Concepcion (Immaculate Conception)
 

Dec 25th
Navidad (Christmas Day)


Madrid Holidays

January 1 - New Year's Day (national holiday)
January 6 - Epiphany (national)
March 20 - San José (moved from Sunday March 19th)
Easter Thursday (Madrid and others) and Easter Friday (national)
[for 2007, these Easter holidays are the 5th and 6th of April]
May 1 - Labour Day (national)
May 2 - Fiesta de la Communidad (Madrid community only)
May 15 - San Isidro (Madrid capital only)
August 15 - Feast of the Assumption (national - in Madrid called Virgin de la Paloma)
October 12 - Spain's National Day (national - called Día de la Hispanidad)
November 1 - All Saints Day (national)
November 9 - Almudena (Madrid capital only)
December 6 - Constitution Day (national)
December 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception (national)
December 25 - Christmas Day (national)

On public holidays, all shops and banks are closed. Taxis will add a small surcharge to the fare on these dates. If the public holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, you will find many Spaniards talking about "doing a bridge" (haciendo puente). This involves taking the Monday or Friday off as well in order to enjoy a 4-day long break.

The most important popular celebrations take place between April and October. During the spring and summer the Madrileños take to the streets in droves, enjoying a series of constant fiestas throughout the city. The major Madrileño fiestas (as opposed to national or international ones) are those of Dos de Mayo (2nd of May), San Isidro, La Paloma and La Almudena. All banks and most shops and museums will close on these feast days.

At the beginning of May, the Madrileños enjoy two consecutive public holidays, the 1st of May due to a national holiday and the 2nd to celebrate Dos de Mayo. On the 2nd May 1808, a popular revolt started in Puerta del Sol, eventually leading to the War of Independence and the defeat of the French invaders.

San Isidro is the male Patron Saint of Madrid. His feast day is celebrated on the 15th May with typical popular gatherings such as romerías (local festive pilgramages), verbenas (fairs) and bullfights. The most important bullfights in Spain (and thus the world) take place in Madrid's Plaza de Ventas bullring at this time. Lasting more than 20 days, this series of fights held in Spain's premiere bullring attracts the best fighters and breeders, together with the most knowledgable aficionados. If you want to see a bullfight, this is the time to go. Click here for more information about bullfights in Madrid.

The fiesta of the Virgin of La Paloma comes immediately after those of San Cayetano and San Lorenzo, converting the old centre of Madrid in a constant stream of street parties, dances and popular celebrations during the first half of August. On the 15th August (a Spanish national holiday) a statue of this Virgin is paraded through the streets to cries of "Guapa!" (beautiful).

On the 9th of November, the female Patron Saint of Madrid - the Virgin of La Almudena - is remembered. Her image was supposedly brought to Spain by the Apostle Santiago (St. James) and hidden away inside a city wall when the Moors invaded in year 783. Two centuries later, the legend goes, the wall fell away exposing the same lit candles she had been hidden with.


Forty days before Holy Week, Madrid's inhabitants are out on the streets once more, this time in diverse costume to celebrate the Carnivals. A curious phenomenon here is the tradition of the Burial of the Sardine (El Entierro de la Sardina) to mark the end of Carnival week. This act, complete with soberly dressed mourners, tongue firmly pressed into cheek, commemorates the day a shipload of rotting sardines arrived at Carlos III's court whence he ordered them away to be immediately buried.

Traditionally, the Spaniards will celebrate the Christmas period with several large family meals on the following occasions :-

Christmas Eve dinner (Noche Buena)

Christmas Day lunch (Día de Navidad)

New Year's Eve dinner (Noche Vieja)

New Year's Day lunch (Día de Año Nuevo)

Epiphany (Jan. 6th) lunch (Día de Reyes)

Christmas Eve / Christmas Day (Noche Buena / Día de Navidad)

Of the above mentioned occasions, Christmas Day lunch is obviously important, but Christmas Eve dinner is equally so and possibly even more. Although Father Christmas/Santa Claus/Papa Noel does visit some families in Spain, the more traditional gift-bearers are the "Reyes Magos".

An increasingly popular custom now is the "Amigo Invisible" (literally, invisible friend). Within a group of friends, colleagues or family members, a maximum cost is specified and all the participants' names are written on slips of paper, which are then put in a bag of some sort. Each member then takes one slip of paper from the bag, and then has to buy a present for that person, effectively becoming his or her invisible friend since the recipient of the present doesn't know who is the buyer. A further variant of the game allows for everybody to try to guess who their "amigo invisible" is, on opening the presents.

The Boxing Day concept doesn't really exist in Spain, since it is a holiday only in a couple of autonomous regions, but not in Madrid.

Traditional foods for Christmas Eve dinner include all types of seafood. "Angulas" (baby eels) used to be one of the most traditional dishes, but their increasing scarcity and thus cost has made them prohibitive for all but the richest families. They have now been replaced by "gulas", artificially made to look like baby eels, but made of a fish mix. Oven-baked "besugo" (sea bream) and "lombarda" (red cabbage) are also popular dishes.

Christmas Day lunch usually involves heavier dishes; roast lamb and other roast meats are the norm in Madrid.

New Year / New Year's Eve (Año Nuevo / Noche Vieja)

New Year's Eve in Madrid basically revolves around 1 of 3 possible options :-

1) Going to the Puerta del Sol with all the crowds and celebrating the 12 chimes at midnight in Madrid's main square, then heading off to a private party, or a discotheque, bar or club

2) Having a late dinner with family or friends and watching the 12 chimes on TV, after which the younger members of the family will head off to a private party, or a discotheque, bar or club

3) Having dinner at a restaurant, where your meal, drinks, the party and often a dance with live music will all be included in a fixed price.

New Year's Eve involves the tradition, unique to Spain (although in Portugal they sometimes have 12 raisins), of eating 12 grapes in time to the 12 chimes of the clock at midnight. This tradition dates from the year 1909, when a surplus of grapes during that year's harvest obliged the wine industry to find a creative selling idea. They invented the ritual of taking 12 grapes to bring in the New Year, a tradition which is still thriving all over Spain today.

After the evening meals on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and also the eve of Epiphany, the over 18's will tend to go out to parties, discos or bars until the early hours. It's amazing to see the traffic jams start immediately after midnight on New Year's Eve!

Epiphany (Día de Reyes Magos)

As mentioned above, although some children do receive presents on Christmas Day, it is much more traditional in Spain to give and receive on January 6th, "el día de los Reyes Magos". On the previous evening, January 5th, there are large processions in most Spanish towns to celebrate the arrival of the 3 Kings (known in Spain as Melchor, Gaspar & Baltasar ) bringing the children's presents on the backs of camels, which the children receive on the morning of January 6th, a public holiday in Spain.

An interesting aside here is that Santa Claus' predecessor, Sinterklaas, visits Holland on the evening of December 5th - St. Nicholas Eve - together with Black Peter or Zwarte Piet. Nobody really knows why, but both leave from Spain and return there on the morning of December 6th after doing their rounds, taking with them any children who have been naughty during the year.

Opening Hours
Taking into account the celebrations described explained above, you shouldn't count on any restaurant or shop being open after around 8:30pm on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve or at any time on Christmas Day (a few may open for dinner on the 25th but it can by no means be guaranteed). Museums will also be mostly closed on December 25th. Public transport systems will close at around the same time on Christmas and New Year's Eve, but will run (albeit at longer intervals) on Christmas and New Year's Day.

The 3 Kings will be stocking up on presents right up until the last moment on January 5th, so New Year sales in Spain don't start until January 7th.
 

 Some of the many regional holidays in Spain. All Spanish Villages and communities have different Fiestas, Festivals and holidays so the date of Spanish holidays vary from place to place.

National Holidays in Spain

Jan 1st Año Nuevo (New Year's Day)
Jan 6th Dia de los Reyes (12th night, when Christmas presents are given
Mar 19th San Jose (Father's Day)
VariableViernes Santo (Good Friday)
VariableDia de Pascua (Easter Sunday)
May 1st Dia del Trabajo (Labour Day)
Jun 24th San Juan (St.John's Day)
Variable (mid June)Corpus Christi
Jun 29th San Pedro y San Pablo (St.Peter & St.Paul)
Jul 25th Santiago (St.James, patron saint of Spain)
Aug 15th Asuncion (Assumption)
Oct 12th Dia de la Hispanidad (Columbus Day)
Nov 1st Todos los Santos (All Saints Day)
Dec 6thDia de la Constitucion (Constitution Day)
Dec 8th Immaculada Concepcion (Immaculate Conception)
Dec 25th Navidad (Christmas Day)

January

DayPlaceEvent
1stNationalNew Year's Day
2ndGranadaReconquest Festival - celebrating the Christian conquest of the Moors in 1492
6thNationalEpiphany - Three Kings Day - children receive Christmas presents and candy.
17thMallorca and mainlandSan Anton - patron saint of domestic animals. Bonfires are lit and demon figures are used. Also celebrated in much of the mainland with bonfires and mounted processions. In Ciudad Real bread rolls are blessed and cockerels auctioned off.
17thAlicantePorrat de San Anton. A traditional market selling local producs. An animal show and the blessing of the animals in the bullring. Held in the quarter of the city named after the saint.
17thLa Puebla, Majorca St. Anthony - bonfires, dancing and riotous events
29thZaragoza, Aragon St.Valerus
20thnationalSan Sebastian (Saint Stephen)

February

DayPlaceEvent
28thAndaluciaDia de Andalucia
2nd-5thBocairente, Valencia Reenactment of struggle between Christians and Moors - parades and fireworks, colourful costumes
11th-Mar 21stCadizFestival de Cadiz - Oldest festival in Spain - parades and colourful costumes
VariousMadridMadrid Carnival - masked ball, fancy dress and the burrial of a sardine followed by a concert in Plaza Mayor
1st-2ndAntequeraCandelaria (Night)

March

DayPlaceEvent
31stPais Vasco (Basque Country)Dia de Patria Vasco
3rdIslas BalearesDia de Baleares
12th-19thValenciaFallas de Valencia - fiesta centering around the burning of effigies of winter demons - bullfights and fireworks
12thGibraltar (UK)Commonwealth Day

April

DayPlaceEvent
27thBarcelonaVirgin of Montserrat
23rdCataloniaSt.George, patron saint of Catalonia
25thSaucejo, SevilleSt.Barbara, patroness of miners
25thAragonSan Jorge
23rdCastilla y LeonFiesta de la Castilla y Leon
20th-25thSevilleFeria de Sevilla - all night Flamenco dancing, bullfights, dancing in the streets and horse riding - the most celebrated event in Spain
VariesAlcoy, near Alicante Moros y Christians - battle re-enactment with circus-like atmosphere
28th-April 4th Seville and NationalHoly week - processions and floats
26th-29thAndujar (Jaen)Romeria - the oldest festival in Spain and of National interest
1stCalatayud, Aragon Sunday of San Lazaro
Thursday following Easter weekAlicantePilgrimage of the Holy Visage. A very important and popular event when 200,000 people holding pilgrimage canes walk to the Monastery of Santa Faz to worship at the shrine. They have picnic lunches and a large arts and crafts market is held.

May

DayPlaceEvent
11thBarcelonaDay of Sant Ponc, patron saint of herbalists
1stNationalLabour Day
2ndMadridDia de Comunidad de Madrid
31stCastilla-La-ManchaDia de Comunidad de Castilla-La-Mancha
30thCanariasDia de Canarias
First two weeksCordobaFestival de los Patios - residents decorate their patios with cascades of flowers and visitors wander from patio to patio
12th-21stMadridFiesta de San Isidro - 10 day celebration of the patron saint - parties, parades, bullfights and dances
9th-16thJerez de la FronteraHorse Fair - greatest horses in the world on parade
15thEstepona, MalagaSan Isidro's Day
2nd SundayAntequeraRomeria day
1-3rdAlicanteMay Crosses (Cruces de Mayo). The Santa Cruz quarter dresses with sweet smelling crosses made from flowers. The finest win awards and dances and games are organised.

June

DayPlaceEvent
24thNationalSaint John (San Juan) see below
23rdCataloniaDia de Sant Joan
 Carrion de los Cespedes, SevilleCorpus Christi fiesta
9thLa RiojaDia de La Rioja
9thMurcia Dia de la Region
AllMadridVeranos de la Villa - dancing, music and concerts, often free of charge - all summer long
6thNationalCorpus Christi - big parades especially in Toledo, Malaga, Granada and Seville
20thAlicanteSt.John's Bonfires - bonfires through the night signal 5 days of festivities - business in Alicante comes to a standstill
24thNationalSan Juan - Celebrated with bonfires on the beach, lasting all night through the night of the 23rd. At midnight everyone rushes into the sea to symbloise the baptisms by John the Baptist. The theaory is that you wash your feet in the sea to clense your sins. There is also the tradition of jumping the bonfire, to burn away your sins (or something like that).

July

DayPlaceEvent
29thLos Morales, SevilleSt.Marta, local patron saint
28thCantabriaDia de Cantabria
25thGaliciaSantiago Apostle
First weekend San Lorenzo, GaliciaA Rapa das Bestas - capture and branding of wild horses from the hills attracts equestrian lovers from all over Europe
Early July PamplonaRunning of the bulls - most popular event in Spain where bulls are released into the streets - also features other events - known as Fiesta de San Fermin
22nd-25thAntequeraFeria de Santiago
 BenidormSong Festival
13th-22ndLaLineaAnnual feria week based on Virgen del Carmen. Town's anniversary on the 20th.
16thEsteponaVirgen del Carmen: Annual feast of the fishermen when the waters are blessed and the Virgen is carried to sea in a procession.
14th AproxSotograndePolo season begins.
3rd-8thEsteponaAnnual feria with large fun fair.
13thFuengirolaAnnual feria at the Sohail Castle.
16thAlicanteVirgen del Carmen: Annual celebration when the fishing port comes alive to mark their patron saint. Events spread to the Island of Tabarca.
 

August

DayPlaceEvent
15thNationalAssumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
MiddleMalaga, Andalucia Feria de Malaga - 10 day long fair - fireworks, horses and gallons of wine
Last WednesdayBunol, ValenciaLa Tomatina (Battle of the Tomatoes). Tons of fruit thrown between warring towns and villages - followed by music and dancing
18-25th Antequera, Andalucia Fiesta de la Recoleccion - bullfights, shows, parties and cattle market
11-15thBenahavis, Andalucia Virgen del Rosario - Sevillian mass and procession
4-5thBenalauriaMoors and Christians - Bonfires are lit and a castle is built
AllOjen, Andalucia Festival of Flamenco singing
July & AugustAntequera, Andalucia Flamenco
16thCalatayud, AragonSan Roque
27thTarazonaSan Atilano

September

DayPlaceEvent
17thMelillaDia de Malilla
2ndCeutaDia de Ceuta
11thCataloniaDia Nacional de Cataluna - flagwaving and demonstrations celebrating the region's independence
3rdNavarraDia de Navarra
8thAsturiasDia de Asturias
8thExtremaduraDia de Extremadura
24thBarcelonaFestival Setmana Cran - patron saint's day - evening mass followed by a procession to the cathedral then finishing at the harbour
8thAntequeraFeria de la Patrona Ntra.Sra. de las Virtudes
5-8thAlicanteVirgen del Socorro. The Ravel quarter organises a feast in honour of its patron saint. The fiesta includes cooking competitions, a procession, games and dances.

October

DayPlaceEvent
9thValenciaDia de Comunidad Valenciana
12thZaragozaDay of El Pilar, procession of giant figures
 ZaragozaSamples fair

November

DayPlaceEvent
1stNationalAll Saints Day - relatives lay flowers on graves of the dead
December
DayPlaceEvent
25thNationalChristmas Day
26thNationalSaint Stephen
6thNationalConstitution Day
8thNationalImmaculate Conception
28thNationalDia de los Santos Inocentes - similar to Fools Day which is just an excuse to do silly things
 

National Holidays in Spain

Spain has a lot of festival days. Cities, and all local communities also have their own festivities and saints days

Spain's national feast days are the same every year, although Spanish National dates for public holidays may change according to whether the feast day falls on a Sunday or not. Also, each Autonomous Community may also choose either Father's Day (March 19th) or Easter Thursday as a public holiday, as well as celebrating one "Community Day", which the Autonomous Community of Madrid celebrates on the 2nd of May. Furthermore, each town or city has its own feast days to commemorate its patron Saints. In the city of Madrid these are 15th May (San Isidro) and 9th November (Almudena), although the holidays may be changed if these dates fall on a Sunday. Note that Easter is a "movable" feast, celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the Spring equinox of March 21st.



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