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Click on month for an insight into each holiday:
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Jan 1st Ao Nuevo (New Year's Day)
Jan 6th Dia de los tres 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
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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)


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February
Jan     Feb     Mar     Apr     May     Jun     Jul     Aug     Sept     Oct     Nov     Dec

 
DayPlaceEvent
28thAndaluciaDia de Andalucia
2nd-5thBocairente, Valencia Reenactment of struggle between Christians and Moors - parades and fireworks, colourful costumes
11th-Mar21stCadizFestival 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)


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March
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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


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April
Jan     Feb     Mar     Apr     May     Jun     Jul     Aug     Sept     Oct     Nov     Dec

 
DayPlaceEvent
9th - 16thNationalSemana Santa
14thNationalGood Friday 2006
17thNationalEaster Monday 2006
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.


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May
Jan     Feb     Mar     Apr     May     Jun     Jul     Aug     Sept     Oct     Nov     Dec

 
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.


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June
Jan     Feb     Mar     Apr     May     Jun     Jul     Aug     Sept      Oct     Nov     Dec

 
DayPlaceEvent
24thNationalSaint John (San Juan) see below
23rdCataloniaDia de Sant Joan
 Carrion de los Cespedes, SevilleCorpus Christi fiesta
9thLa RiojaDia de La Rioja
9thMurciaDia 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).


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July
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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. See more about it here.
14th AproxSotograndePolo season begins.
3rd-8thEsteponaAnnual feria with large fun fair. See more about it here.
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.


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August
Jan     Feb     Mar     Apr     May     Jun     Jul     Aug     Sept     Oct     Nov     Dec

 
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


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September
Jan     Feb     Mar     Apr     May     Jun     Jul     Aug     Sept     Oct     Nov     Dec

 
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.


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


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November
Jan     Feb     Mar     Apr     May     Jun     Jul     Aug     Sept     Oct     Nov     Dec

 
DayPlaceEvent
1stNationalAll Saints Day - relatives lay flowers on graves of the dead


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December
Jan     Feb     Mar     Apr     May     Jun     Jul     Aug     Sept     Oct     Nov     Dec

 
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