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Public Holidays in Spain

Celebrating holidays in Spain is a lifestyle, obligatory for all.

The holidays are held in the big cities and tiny villages and can be dedicated to universal saints and patron saints of small villages, famous compatriots, known worldwide, to the stars of local scale, seasons, sport achievements, music, poetry, anyway, there is always an occasion.

Every region has three official regional holidays and also one compulsory holiday for each province and town.
If you journey through Spain by car, you can smoothly flow from one festival to another, without mentioning the world famous carnivals, which number makes the country take nearly a leading place among the carnival n
ations.

Brilliance and originality, inventiveness and the abundant fun of Spanish celebrations attract tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world. Many come from different countries, only to plunge into an atmosphere of celebration.

Due to geographical, climatic and cultural differences of Spanish regions, every week there is a holiday in one of the regions. It is not just a formal holiday marked in the calendar, but it is a real holiday with performances, open-air parties, with all local residents and even tourists participating in it. A variety of these holidays surprises not less than their quantity: from the national New Year, usually celebrated in the streets to the local holiday in the province of Zamora, where a coloured goat is dropped down from twenty-meter bell tower (nowadays no goats are harmed during the celebration).

Regardless of the magnitude of the holiday, whether it is the National Day of Spain (Día de Hispanidad), or the Great Flour Battle in Alarcón, Spaniards celebrate it on grand scale and have fun with all their heart. Bright dresses, lively music (like the Spaniards themselves), the roar of fireworks and crackers create a unique atmosphere of a Spanish holiday, which cannot leave anyone indifferent.

January, 1 New Year
New Year (Año Nuevo) in Spain is the middle of the Yuletide, or as the Spaniards call it, the period of the Holy Twenty Days (Duodenario místico), beginning with Christmas on December, 25 up to the Day of the Magi, on Janu
ary, 6.

January, 6 Three Magicians Day
Another (international) name for this holiday is Epifania. This is the Greek term for the Baptism of Christ (Manifestation of the Divinity of Our Lord and Saviour Christ in Western Church). The holiday is devoted to the day when John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ in the Jordan River.

March, 15 Fallas
Fallas is the name of the spring holiday in Valencia. Of course, the end of winter is celebrated not only in the Valencia community but throughout Spain. However, Fallas has something significantly different from the other festivals.

San Jordi in Spain
La Diada de San Jordi (Saint George's Day) is a colourful Spanish equivalent of St Valentine's Day. This day Barcelona is literally covered with bouquets of red roses.
Traditionally, men give red roses to their women and women give books to men.

May, 1 Labour Day
Along with many other countries Spain celebrates International Workers' Day (El Día Internacional de los Trabajadores), or International Labour Day (Día Internacional del trabajo), or just May Day.

October, 12 Hispanic Day, Our Lady of the Pillar Day
October, 12 is double holiday in Spain: Our Lady of the Pillar Day and National Day of Spain (Día de la Hispanidad) .

December, 6
Constitution Day
Spain has rather recently established the Constitution.
The acceptance of democratic values after almost forty years of dictatorship (1939-1975) opened a new chapter in the Spanish history. The Law on Political Reform was adopted on December 15, 1976.

December, 25 Catholic Christmas
Christmas (La Navidad) is celebrated on December, 25. Christmas in Spain is the most important winter holiday. Preparation for it begins as early as in November.


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