Public holidays in Spain


Public holidays in Spain

Public holidays celebrated in Spain include a mix of religious (Roman Catholic), national and regional observances. Each municipality is allowed to declare a maximum of 14 public holidays per year; up to nine of these are chosen by the national government and at least two are chosen locally.

If one of the nine "national holidays" falls on a Sunday, the regional governments — the autonomous communities of Spain — can choose its replacement, or can let local authorities choose on their own. In practice, barring holidays falling on Sunday, the regional governments can pick up to three holidays per year; they also can deliberately choose fewer than three to allow for more options at the local level.

National holidays

Regional holidays

Days celebrating the culture of individual regions are celebrated in Andalucía ("Día de Andalucía", February 28), Aragón ("Día de Aragón", April 23), Asturias ("Día de Asturias", September 8), the Balearic Islands ("Día de las Islas Baleares", March 1), the Canary Islands ("Día de las Canarias", May 30), Castile-La Mancha ("Día de la Región Castilla-La Mancha", May 31), Castile and León ("Día de Castilla y León", April 23), Catalonia ("Fiesta Nacional de Cataluña", September 11), Euskadi, The Basque Country (" Aberri Eguna - Basque national day and a public holiday ", 26 February), Extremadura ("Día de Extremadura", September 8), Madrid ("Fiesta de la Comunidad", May 2), Murcia ("Día de la Región de Murcia", June 9), La Rioja ("Día de La Rioja", June 9), Valencia ("Día de Valencia", October 9), and the city of Ceuta ("Día de Ceuta", September 2)

The list of other holidays celebrated by the autonomous communities changes every year, partly because of national holidays falling on Sundays. Other regional holidays celebrated in both 2006 and 2007 include:

In 2006, to make up for New Year's Day falling on a Sunday, "Santiago Apostol" was marked in the Basque Country, Catalonia, Navarre and parts of the Canary Islands; "San José" was celebrated in Valencia, Castile-La Mancha and Madrid; Easter Monday was a holiday in La Rioja; Catalonia celebrated "San Juan" ("St. John's Day") on June 24; and Galicia marked the "Día de las Letras Gallegas" ("Day of Galician Literature") on May 17.

External links

* [http://www.spainexpat.com/spain/information/holidays_in_spain/ National and regional holidays in Spain from an expatriate perspective]
* [http://www.bank-holidays.com/holidays_2007_58.htm Bank Holiday's list of public holidays]
* [http://www.madrid-guide-spain.com/madrid-fiestas.html Madrid Public holidays National & regional]


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