Fiestas and Bank Holidays in Spain
Spain loves its Fiestas, Festivals and Holidays, in fact any reason to take a break and spend it with friends, family and the community will do.
Spanish bank holidays are split into many sections; National Bank Holidays, Regional Bank Holidays and Local Bank Holidays.
National Bank Holidays in Spain
- January 1st - New Year’s day
- January 6th - Epiphany
- Good Friday
- May 1st - Labour day
- August 15th – Feast of the Assumption (Asunción de la Virgen)
- October 12th - Spanish National Holiday (Día de la Hispanidad)
- November 1st - All Saints Day
- December 6th - Constitution Day
- December 8th - Inmaculada Concepción
- December 25th - Christmas Day
Each region eg: Andalucia, Valencia etc will have their own holidays marking important days.
Local Holidays will affect only the town and are usually to mark the patron saint day. Some towns will also dedicate a day holiday for their town’s Fiesta. Please be aware that local services, shops and public offices may close or reduce their hours for the entire week the fiesta is on allowing everyone to enjoy the festivities.
Some smaller towns may also take off the days or week that a major town close by has a fiesta. For example many companies on the Costa del Sol will close for the Malaga Ferria.
August in Spain is when most of the Spanish people will take their holidays. Many companies, shops and services will shut for the entire month. Some companies may only work in the mornings or on certain days, so if you would like to have your car serviced, then don’t leave it to August.
On almost any day of the year there is a fiesta happening somewhere in Spain, and usually more then one.
There isn't a village, town or city in the country which doesn’t honour it's patron saint, the Virgin Mary or even the changing seasons with procession, fireworks and various other celebrations like running with the bulls, re-enacting battles or even some very unusual activities.
Most fiestas have a meaning behind the events ritually carried out. Some however are so bizarre, we cannot imagine how anyone could think up the events, let alone convince an entire town to celebrate it. However, all fiestas are fun and gives the town a chance to unwind and take a break from their normal lives.
So see some of the most unusual fiestas in Spain, Click Here