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All Spanish Holidays

Below, you'll find a list of All Spanish Holidays ... first the public holidays for 2005, then the fiestas.

Spain is famous for its fiestas and there are a good number of them, so perhaps we have not managed to track down every single one!

Some of the better-known Spanish festivals include:

- Las Fallas of Valencia during March. Giant satirical figures are burnt, there are fireworks, dancing and flower offerings.

- The Feria de Abril - or April Fair - in Seville from 15-21 April. This festival dates from 1847 and is a tremendously colorful event, with everyone dressed in local flamenco costume.

- Semana Santa - or Holy Week - when impressive religious processions take place all over Spain - Andalucia in particular.

- Romer a de And jar in Jaen, with a mass pilgrimage to the shrine of the Virgin.

- Fiesta de San Ferm n in Pamplona, where the famous bull-running takes place.

- La Tomatina in the village of Bu ol, Valencia. People happily pelt each other with ripe tomatoes turning the streets into rivers of tomato juice! Why? For the fun of it!

However, we digress ... we said we would start with a list of the public Spanish holidays ...

All Spanish Holidays - Public Holidays

1 January
New Year s Day (A o Nuevo).

6 January
Epiphany or Three Kings Day (d a de los Reyes).

19 March
Father s Day (San Jos ).

24 March
Maundy Thursday

25 March
Good Friday (Viernes Santo).

27 March
Easter (d a de Pascua).

28 March
Easter Monday.

1 May
Labor Day (d a del trabajo).

15 August
Assumption Day (Asunci n).

12 October
National Day (d a de la Hispanidad).

1 November
All Saints Day (Todos Los Santos).

6 December
Constitution Day (d a de la Constituci n).

8 December
Immaculate Conception Day (Immaculada Concepci n).

25 December
Christmas Day (Navidad).

The dates of some Spanish fiestas do vary from year to year so, don t rely entirely on the dates given in the calendar below.

All Spanish Holidays - January Fiestas

2 January - Granada
The Reconquest Festival, celebrating the Christian conquest of Moors.

17 January - All Spain
San Ant n - patron saint of domestic animals.

20 January - All Spain
Festividad de San Sebastian.

29 January - ZaragozaSt Valerus.

All Spanish Holidays - February Fiestas

2-5 February - Bocairente, Valencia.
Struggle between Christians and Moors.

11 February onwards - C diz.
Festival de C diz.

28 February - Andalucia.D a de Andalucia.

All Spanish Holidays - March Fiestas

3 March - Balearic Islands.
D a de Baleares.

12-19 March - Valencia.
Fallas de Valencia.

31 March - Basque Country.
D a de Patria Vasca.

End of March - Holy Week.
Processions all over Spain.

All Spanish Holidays - April Fiestas

Two weeks after Easter lasting 5/6 days - Seville.
Feria de Abril.

1 April - Calatayud (Aragon).
San Lazaro.

23 April - Castilla y Leon.
Fiesta de Castilla y Leon.

23 April - Catalonia.
St George - patron saint of Catalonia.

25 April - Saucejo (Seville).
Santa Barbara - patroness of miners.

26-29 April - And jar (Jaen).
Romer a de And jar.

All Spanish Holidays - May Fiestas

First two weeks - C rdoba.
Festival de los Patios (Patio flower festival).

1-3 May - Granada and C rdoba.
Cruces de Mayo (May Crosses).

2 May - Madrid.
D a de Comunidad de Madrid.

Mid May - Jerez de la Frontera.
Horse Fair.

11 May - Barcelona.
St Ponc - patron saint of herbalists.

15 May - Madrid.
San Isidro - patron saint of Madrid.

30 May - Canary Islands.
D a de Canarias.

Seven weeks after Easter - El Rocio (Huelva).
Romer a del Rocio.

All Spanish Holidays - June Fiestas

6 June - all Spain.
Corpus Christi.

9 June - Murcia.
D a de la Regi n.

9 June - La Rioja.
D a de la Rioja.

23 June - All Spain.
Hogueras de San Juan.

All Spanish Holidays - July Fiestas

First week-end - San Lorenzo (Galicia).
A Rapa das Bestas - equestrian fiestas.

3-8 July - Estepona.
Annual feria (fair).

Beginning 7 July - Pamplona.
Fiesta de San Ferm n - running of the bulls.

13 July - Fuengirola.
Annual feria at Sohail Castle.

13-22 July - La L nea.
Annual feria based on the Virgen del Carmen.

22-25 July - Antequera.
Feria de Santiago.

25 July - Santiago de Compostela.
Celebration of the Feast of St James.

28 July - Cantabria.
D a de Cantabria.

29 July - Los Morales (Seville).
Santa Marta - local patroness.

All Spanish Holidays - August Fiestas

Throughout August - Ojen (Andalucia).
Flamenco Festival.

4/5 August - Benalauria.
Moors and Christians.

11-15 August - Benahavis (Andalucia).
Virgen del Rosario.

mid-August - M laga.Feria de M laga - 10-day long fair.

16 August - Calatayud (Aragon).
San Roque.

18-25 August - Antequera.
Fiesta de la Recolecci n.

27 August - Tarazona.
San Atilano.

Last Wednesday of August - Bu ol (Valencia).
La Tomatina - Battle of the Tomatoes.

September Fiestas

2 September - Ceuta.
D a de Ceuta.

3 September - Navarra.
D a de Navarra.

5-8 September - Alicante.
Virgen del Socorro.

8 September - Asturias.
D a de Asturias.

8 September - Extremadura.
D a de Extremadura.

8 September - Antequera.
Feria de la Patrona Nuestra Se ora de las Virtudes.

11 September - Catalonia.
D a de Catalu a.

17 September - Melilla.
D a de Melilla.

24 September - Barcelona.
Festival de Setmana Cran.

October Fiestas

9 October - Valencia.
D a de la comunidad valenciana.

12 October - Zaragoza.
D a de el Pilar.

November Fiestas

Mid-November - Benidorm.
Local fiestas with processions and fireworks.

December Fiestas

28 December - all Spain.
D a de los Santos Inocentes - similar to April Fools Day.

I am not sure whether I have managed to include absolutely All Spanish Holidays, but I hope this will give you an idea about some of Spain s many fiestas!

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