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Spain’s public holidays in 2016: Official list
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Spain’s public holidays in 2016: Official list

The Local · 31 Dec 2015, 11:17

Published: 31 Dec 2015 11:17 GMT+01:00

When a newly elected Mariano Rajoy pledged to do away with mid-week public holidays and move them to the nearest Monday (in line with the British system) there was a collective moan from workers across Spain.

The proposal formed part of the ambitious labour reforms pledged by the conservative Popular party and were aimed at saving the economy the costs associated with puentes - the Spanish custom of taking the day off to bridge the weekend with the holiday.

However, the reform failed to materialize and Spaniards have just learnt that they will enjoy eight national holidays, four regional and two local ones.

If you think that sounds like rather a lot, it is actually on a par with the number of public holidays marked by Germany and Greece, and only one more than the French, according to a comparison drawn up by Spanish newspaper El Pais.

Britain draws the short straw with just eight public holidays a year which - aside from Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday - are all celebrated on a Monday.

Here is the official list of all the public holidays across Spain, as published in Spain's BOE official state bulletin.

The eight national public holidays in 2016 are:

January 1st: New Year's Day (Friday)

January 6th: Dia de los Reyes Magos, Three Kings Day, Epiphany. (Wednesday)

March 25th: Good Friday

August 15th: Assumption of Mary, (Monday)

October 12th:  Spanish National Day, (Wednesday)

November 1st: All Saints’ Day (Monday)

December 6th: Constitution Day (Tuesday)

December 8th: Immaculate Conception, (Thursday).

Apart from these national dates, all regions have additional holidays. See below for the full list.

 

Andalusia

February 29th: Andalusia Day (Monday)

March 24th: Maundy Thursday

May 2nd: Workers’ Day (Monday after May 1)

December 26th: St Stephen’s Day (Monday)

 

Aragon

March 24th: Maundy Thursday

April 23rd: St George’s Day and Aragon regional day (Saturday)

May 2nd: Workers’ Day (Monday after May 1)

December 26th: St Stephen’s Day (Monday)

 

Asturias

March 24th: Maundy Thursday

May 2nd: Workers’ Day (Monday after May 1)

September 8th: Asturian Regional Day (Thursday)

December 26th: St Stephen’s Day (Monday)

 

Balearic Islands

March 1st: Balearic Regional Day (Tuesday)

March 24th: Maundy Thursday

March 28th: Easter Monday

December 26th: St Stephen’s Day (Monday)

 

Basque Country

March 19th: St Joseph’s Day / Regional Day (Saturday)

March 24th: Maundy Thursday

March 28th: Easter Monday

July 25th: St James’ Day (Monday)

 

Canary Islands

March 24th: Maundy Thursday

May 2nd: Workers’ Day (Monday after May 1st)

May 30th: Canary Islands Day (Monday)

 

Cantabria

March 24th: Maundy Thursday

July 28th: Cantabrian Institutions Day (Thursday)

September 15th: Patron Saint of Cantabria (Virgen de la Bien Aparecida)

December 26th: St Stephen’s Day (Monday)

 

Castilla-La Mancha

March 24th: Maundy Thursday

May 26th Corpus Christi

May 31st Castilla-La Mancha Regional Day

December 26th: St Stephen’s Day (Monday)

 

Castile and León

March 24th: Maundy Thursday

April 23rd: Castile and León Day (Saturday)

May 2nd: Workers’ Day (Monday after May 1st)

December 26th: St Stephen’s Day (Monday)

 

Catalonia

March 28th: Easter Monday

May 16th: Pentecost (Monday)

June 24th: St James (Friday)

December 26th: St Stephen’s Day (Monday)

 

Ceuta

March 24th: Maundy Thursday

September 2nd: Ceuta Day (Friday)

September 12th: Festival of Abraham’s Sacrifice (Monday)

December 26th: St Stephen’s Day (Monday)

 

Extremadura

March 24th: Maundy Thursday

May 2nd: Workers’ Day (Monday after May 1st)

September 8th: Extremadura Regional Day

December 26th: St Stephen’s Day (Monday)

 

Galicia

March 24th: Maundy Thursday

May 17th Galicia Literature Day (Tuesday)

June 24th St John’s Day (Friday)

July 25th: St James’ Day / Galician Regional Day (Monday)

 

La Rioja

March 24th: Maundy Thursday

March 28th: Easter Monday

Story continues below…

June 9th: La Rioja Regional Day (Thursday)

July 25th: St James’ Day (Monday)

 

Madrid

March 24th: Maundy Thursday

May 2nd: Community of Madrid Day

July 25th: St James’ Day (Monday)

December 26th: St Stephen’s Day (Monday)

 

Melilla

March 19th: St Joseph’s Day (Saturday)

March 24th: Maundy Thursday

September 12th: Festival of Abraham’s Sacrifice (Monday)

December 26th: St Stephen’s Day (Monday)

 

Murcia

March 19th: St Joseph’s Day (Saturday)

March 24th: Maundy Thursday

June 9th: Murcia Regional Day (Thursday

December 26th: St Stephen’s Day (Monday)

 

Navarre

March 24th: Maundy Thursday

March 28th: Easter Monday

July 25th: St James’ Day (Monday)

December 26th: St Stephen’s Day (Monday)

 

Valencia

March 19th: St Joseph’s Day (Saturday)

March 24th: Maundy Thursday

March 28th: Easter Monday

December 26th: St Stephen’s Day (Monday)

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