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Holidays in Barcelona

People in Spain take every opportunity to have a nice party, whether it be religion, the start of a new season or a specific historical event, there will be music, food and drinks involved. Most of the official holidays in Barcelona are related to religion and celebrated in all of Spain. Each municipality is allowed to have a maximum of 14 public holidays per year, of which at least two are chosen locally. Among the holidays celebrated all throughout Spain you will find New years Day, Epiphany, Easter, Labour Day and Fiesta Nacional de Espana.

Often those holidays are celebrated with close family and great local food. It also means that shops might be closed and that restaurants have limited opening hours.

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Public Holidays in Barcelona, Spain

  • The first of January is New Year and is a public holiday in Barcelona. Makes sense when you know how the locals can party on the 31st of December! After that, the kids start polishing their shoes so they will get presents for Epiphany on the 6th of January.
  • In February Carnival is celebrated with festivals, processions and masked balls. March is a busy month with Festival de Sand Medir de Gracia, St Joseph’s Day and depending on the year, Easter.  
  • April is for the romantic, with Sant Jordi. The tradition is that the gentlemen buy a rose for their girl and get a book in return.
  • The first of May is Labour day. Next to that, this month is popular for regional holidays.
  • June is for the music lovers with three days of Sonar festival.
  • On the 15th of August, the Assumption of Virgin Mary is celebrated.  
  • October 12th is an important day in Spain: Fiesta Nacional de Espana. It celebrates the anniversary of Columbus first arrival in the Americas.
  • November is off to a good start with All Saints Day on the first of November. Offerings are made to honor all the saints.
  • December is a very festive month, with Constitution day on the 6th, Immaculte Conception on the 8th and Christmas on the 25th of December.

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