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Spanish Public Holidays 2015

Madrid & Spain Public Holidays

Spain's national feast days are the same every year, although national public holidays may change according to whether the feast day falls on a Sunday or not. Also, each Autonomous Community may also choose either Father's Day (March 19th) or Easter Thursday as a public holiday, as well as celebrating one "Community Day", which the Autonomous Community of Madrid celebrates on the 2nd of May.

Furthermore, each town or city has its own feast days to commemorate its patron Saints. In the city of Madrid these are 15th May (San Isidro) and 9th November (Almudena), although the holidays may be changed if these dates fall on a Sunday. Note that Easter is a "movable" feast, celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the Spring equinox of March 21st.

Therefore, Spanish public holidays for 2015 in the city of Madrid are as follows. (Also, see Fiestas)

  • January 1 - New Year's Day (Año Nuevo, national holiday)
  • January 6 - Epiphany (Epifanía del Señor, national)
  • March 19 - San Jose (Madrid community only)
  • Easter: Easter Thursday (Madrid and others) and Easter Friday (national)
    • [for 2015, these Easter holidays are the 2nd & 3rd of April]
  • May 1 - Labour Day (Fiesta del Trabajo, national.
  • May 2 - Community Day (Fiesta de la Communidad, Madrid community only)
  • May 15 - San Isidro (Madrid capital only)
  • June 4 - Corpus Cristi (Madrid community & some others)
  • August 15 - Feast of the Assumption (Asunción de la Virgen, national - in Madrid called Virgen de la Paloma)
  • September 9 - Santa Maria de la Cabeza (Wife of San Isidro, Madrid capital only)
  • October 12 - Spain's National Day (Fiesta Nacional de España, national - also called Día de la Hispanidad)
  • November 1 - All Saints Day (national, falls on a Sunday in 2015)
  • November 9 - Almudena (Madrid's female patron saint - Madrid capital only)
  • December 6 - Constitution Day (Día de la ConstituciĆ³n Española, falls on a Sunday in 2015)
  • December 8 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception (La Inmaculada Concepción, national)
  • December 25 - Christmas Day (Natividad del Señor, national)

On public holidays, all shops and banks are closed. Taxis will add a small surcharge to the fare on these dates. If the public holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, you will find many Spaniards talking about "doing a bridge" (haciendo puente). This involves taking the Monday or Friday off as well in order to enjoy a 4-day long break.

Click here for a fuller list of fiestas, concerts, events and religious processions

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