1st May – Dia de los Trabajadores – Labour Day

Imported from the USA, this is a workers day off and as it falls on a Sunday this year, the following Monday is taken as the holiday.  Brief history This day off for workers has its roots in the fight for workers rights in the USA in the late 1880’s and eventually led to the…

Semana Santa in Spain

Lasting from Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos) to Easter Sunday (Lunes de Pascua) , Semana Santa (Holy Week) is probably the most important annual cultural and religious event in Spain. Although each Spanish region, and even city and village, has its own customs and practices for Easter, Andalucia takes top spot for spectacular processions. Sumptuously…

National and Bank holidays in Spain in 2022

In Spain, each year there are 14 bank holidays (dias festivos), made up of 10 National holidays (of which two can be substituted by the region), 2 regional holidays and 2 local municipal holidays. 2022 will be a good year for long weekends and “puentes” – when a public holiday falls on a Tuesday or…

Double-whammy of bank holidays in Spain next week

We know that Spain loves to party and next week, two Bank Holidays combine to give even more time to have fun! 6th December – Spain’s Constitution day – Día de la Constitución Celebrated on December 6th, Spain’s Dia de la Constitución is a national holiday commemorating the 1978 referendum, in which a huge majority…

Halloween in Spain – Witches, Saints and honouring the dead

The origins of Halloween go back centuries, and Halloween in Spain is a real mixture of the traditional and modern. From trick or treaters, costume parties, zombie theatre to family gatherings at the local cemetery and church services to honour the lives of loved ones.  ”Truco o trato”  (trick and treat) is relatively new to…