Holiday Calendar for Spain
Spanish has many wonderful traditions. Traditions in Spain have been around for centuries. Spanish traditions are famous worldwide. Notable events, festivals, special days and national holidays
National traditions, public holidays and notable observances for 2019-2020 year
Sunday 23 June
- St John's Eve and the first day of the Midsummer celebrations (Roman Catholic Church, Europe): - Bonfires of Saint John (Spain); - Festa del Poble in Andorra; - First night of Festa de São João do Porto (Porto); - First day of Golowan Festival (Cornwall); - Jaaniõhtu (Estonia); - Jāņi (Latvia); - Kupala Night (Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Ukraine); - Last day of Drăgaica fair (Buzău, Romania)
Saturday 29 June
- Wine Battle Memorial Day (Venezuela, Colombia, Costa Rica, Malta, Peru, Rome Italy, Sao Paulo, Chile, Spain)
Thursday 15 August
- Virgin of Candelaria, patron of the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Spain) and Feast day of the Assumption of Mary, one of the Catholic holy days of obligation; Feast day of the Assumption of Mary (Christian feast day, one of the Catholic holy days of obligation a public holiday in Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malta, Mauritius, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Togo, and Vanuatu)
Saturday 12 October
- Día de la Hispanidad or Fiesta Nacional de España, also Armed Forces Day in Spain
Saturday 28 December
- Feast of the Holy Innocents or Childermas in Spain and Latin American countries (Christian feast day - the festival is celebrated with pranks, similar to April Fools' Day) and Els Enfarinats in Ibi, Spain
Thursday 19 March
- Engineer's Day (Spain); Father's Day (Andorra, Angola, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Honduras, and Bolivia)
Saturday 2 May
- Anniversary of the Dos de Mayo Uprising (Community of Madrid, Spain); Madrid Day in Spain (Fiesta de la Comunidad de Madrid)
Sunday 3 May
- Mother's Day (Hong Kong, Hungary, Lithuania, Mozambique, Portugal, Spain, Romania; celebrated on the first Sunday in May); Fiesta de las Cruces in Spain and Hispanic America
Some spanish traditions
Piñatas - you may have already seen cardboard piñatas decorated in brightly colored paper-mâché at childrens’ birthday parties. Blindfolded participants try to hit the piñata with a stick, to break it open and spill out fruits, candies, and other treats hidden inside.
In Spanish-speaking countries, Carnival celebrations are held between late January to early March, the time leading up to Lent. A wild week can also be spent in San Sebastian during February, when La Tamburrada takes place. Fiesta are "Las Fallas de San José" in Valencia, in March, when all the city becomes the scenery of an enormous party with lots of good mood and excellent fireworks. Carnival is popular in all the country, the best is in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Best known among Spain’s folkloristic traditions are certainly Flamenco and bullfights. Madrid has its Fiesta, "San Isidro", in May. If you like bullfights, don’t miss it. Flamenco, on the other hand, is the musical tradition in the country’s south, in particular in Andalusia. In April takes place Feria de Abril, in Seville, an entire week of singing and dancing. Another most popular event of religious origin is El Rocio, a traditional pilgimship to the village El Rocio Foto in the province of Huelva, in May.
For girls in Hispanic countries, the 15th birthday signifies a coming of age. The family throws a big party, called a Quinceañera, which begins with a Misa de acción de gracias, or giving thanks for completing childhood.
Nochebuena (“the Good Night”/Christmas Eve) is a family event, celebrated with a feast.