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Spanish Festivals and Holidays

Aside from the "usual" holidays and events (Christmas, New Years Day, etc.)   Spain has many unique festivals.  Some are world famous, whilst some are a little more secret.  No  matter how widely known, each celebration is important and just as exciting.

 

Jan 1st

Ano 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)

Variable

Viernes Santo (Good Friday)

Variable

Dia 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 6th

Dia de la Constitucion (Constitution Day)

Dec 8th

Immaculada Concepcion (Immaculate Conception)

Dec 25th

Navidad (Christmas Day)

 

 

January

Day

Place

Event

1st

National

New Year's Day

2nd

Granada

Reconquest Festival - celebrating the Christian conquest of the Moors in 1492

6th

National

Epiphany - Three Kings Day - children receive Christmas presents and candy.

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

29th

Zaragoza, Aragon

St.Valerus

20th

national

San Sebastian (Saint Stephen)

 

 

February

Day

Place

Event

28th

Andalucia

Dia de Andalucia

2nd-5th

Bocairente, Valencia

Re-enactment of struggle between Christians and Moors - parades and fireworks, colourful costumes

11th-Mar21st

Cadiz

Festival de Cadiz - Oldest festival in Spain - parades and colourful costumes

Various

Madrid

Madrid Carnival - masked ball, fancy dress and the burial of a sardine followed by a concert in Plaza Mayor

1st-2nd

Antequera

Candelaria (Night)

 

  

March

Day

Place

Event

28th

National

Good Friday

End

National

Easter Monday

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

 

  

April

Day

Place

Event

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.

 

  

May

Day

Place

Event

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.

 

  

June

Day

Place

Event

24th

National

Saint John (San Juan) see below

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 symbolise the baptisms by John the Baptist. The theory is that you wash your feet in the sea to cleanse your sins. There is also the tradition of jumping the bonfire, to burn away your sins (or something like that).

 

  

July

Day

Place

Event

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.

 

 

August

Day

Place

Event

15th

National

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Middle

Malaga, Andalucia

Feria de Malaga - 10 day long fair - fireworks, horses and gallons of wine

Last Wednesday

Bunol, Valencia

La 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

11-15th

Benahavis, Andalucia

Virgen del Rosario - Sevillian mass and procession

4-5th

Benalauria

Moors and Christians - Bonfires are lit and a castle is built

All

Ojen, Andalucia

Festival of Flamenco singing

July & August

Antequera, Andalucia

Flamenco

16th

Calatayud, Aragon

San Roque

27th

Tarazona

San Atilano

 

  

September

Day

Place

Event

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 it's patron saint. The fiesta includes cooking competitions, a procession, games and dances.

 

  

October

Day

Place

Event

9th

Valencia

Dia de Comunidad Valenciana

12th

Zaragoza

Day of El Pilar, procession of giant figures

 

Zaragoza

Samples fair

 

  

November

Day

Place

Event

1st

National

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

 

  

December

Day

Place

Event

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