Spanish Holidays

The word “fiesta” means joy, fun, and it also refers to the day in which a national, local or religious solemnity is celebrated. Spanish holidays are seen as special days to commemorate victories, pay homage to the aesthetic, show gratitude or pride, or simply share with friends and family. They are a great opportunity to delve into Spanish culture, since many of its most characteristic symbols are present then. There are three types of holidays or festivities in Spain:

 

  • Social festivities (for Patron Saints or commemorative).
  • Nature festivities (agricultural, seasonal and/or mythological).
  • Local or familiar festivities (specific for each region and unique in their context).

Almost all of the Spanish holidays have music, wine, bullfighting, gastronomy and massive concurrence as common elements.


The official holiday calendar is set every year, according to the weekly distribution. Among the dates that are celebrated across the whole country, we can find: New Year (January, 1st), Epiphany (January, 6th), Holy Friday, Labor day (May, 1st), Ascension of the Virgin (August, 15th), National Spanish Party – Discovery of America, Columbus Day (October, 12th), All Saints Day (November, 1st), Constitution Day (December, 6th), Immaculate Conception (December 8th) and Christmas Day (December, 25th). Apart from these 9 national festivities, each Autonomous Community is able to set 2 holidays, besides its anniversary day; each Municipality can set 2 further holidays. Thus, the maximum number of celebrations per location will not be more than 14.


It is worth noting that the Catholic religion has prevailed through centuries in Spain, and so its festive role is both significant and transcendental, particularly in cities like Granada, Seville, Malaga, Leon, Valladolid, among others. The religious festivities of public character that stand out the most are those related to the Passion of the Christ, e.g. Easter, Pentecost and Corpus Christi.

 

Also, another interesting destination in holidays could be visit the city of Benidorm. Located in the east of Spain, this popular destination offers incredible parties all year. You can check Benidorm Webcam live images and see the tourists in beaches like Poniente and Levante or other attractions that Benidorm offers.



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Bullfighting

Bullfighting

Bullfighting is a traditional Spanish pastime and from March to October people go to special arenas to watch “la corrida de toros”. Bullfighting is very popular throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

Christmas Day

Christmas Day

Did you know that in Spain the Christmas holidays include not one but three celebrations? These are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the Day of the Three Kings (January 6).

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is an important annual celebration in Spanish-speaking countries. It is a movable feast; its date always falls on a Thursday, eleven days after the Pentecost, which in turn is celebrated seven weeks after Easter.

Epiphany

Epiphany

Epiphany is a beautiful day to give gifts if we take into consideration that the Kings, when they came from the East, brought gifts of gold, incense and myrrh. Most Spanish-speaking courtiers know it as Three Kings Day.

La Tomatina

La Tomatina

La Tomatina is the second best known "fiesta" in the world that takes place in Buñol, Valencia, that is held every August since 1.945. In this section you will learn more about this holiday.