Holidays in Madrid

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Holidays in Madrid

One of the interesting things about Spain is that each city or region will have its own public holidays. This is true for Madrid, which celebrates San Isidro, the Madrid patron saint, in mid-May. It's worth making a note of public holidays, as most shops and attractions will be closed or have limited opening hours, and public transport will be reduced. Beware of "bridges" too; if a public holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, locals will also take the Monday or Friday off. Most holidays are religious in origin, and there will usually be something interesting happening on these days. Take Epiphany, on January 6, which is when there will be parades for children by the Three Kings of the nativity tradition.

Public Holidays in Madrid

  • January 1, New Year's Day
  • January 6, Epiphany
  • March 19, San Jose, celebrating Joseph, the husband of the Virgin Mary
  • Easter, when Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are national holidays
  • May 1, Labour Day
  • May 15, San Isidro, honouring Madrid's patron saint
  • June 4, Corpus Christi, a religious feast in honour of the Holy Eucharist
  • August 15, Assumption, feast of the Virgin Mary
  • September 9, Santa Maria de la Cabeza, honouring San Isidro's wife
  • October 12, Spain's National Day
  • November 1, All Saints Day
  • November 9, Almudena, which is Madrid's female patron saint
  • December 6, Constitution Day
  • December 8, Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • December 25, Christmas Day

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