The new year will have 9 national holidays common to all of Spain

MADRID, 30 Dic.

The new year will have 9 national holidays common to all of Spain


The 2023 work calendar contemplates a total of 9 national holidays that will be celebrated jointly throughout Spain, one more than this year. In total there will be 14 public holidays: eight national, four regional and two local

Specifically, they will be a holiday throughout Spain in 2023 next Friday, January 6 (Epiphany of the Lord), April 7 (Good Friday), Monday May 1 (Labor Festival), Tuesday August 15 (Asunción de the Virgin), on Thursday, October 12 (Spanish National Holiday), on Wednesday, November 1 (All Saints), on Wednesday, December 6 (Spanish Constitution Day), on Friday, December 8 (Immaculate Conception) and December 25 (Nativity of the Lord).

There are other common holidays that the autonomous communities can move to another day. This has happened with Thursday, April 6 (Holy Thursday), which will be a holiday in all of Spain except in the Valencian Community and Catalonia, but not with Friday, January 6, Three Kings Day, which all the communities have decided to keep.

Among the faculties recognized to the autonomous communities is also the possibility of substituting the rest of the Monday following the national holidays that coincide on a Sunday by the incorporation of others that are traditional, as well as the option between the celebration of the feast of San José (March 19) or that of Santiago Apóstol (July 25) in their corresponding territory.

Thus, this January 2 (Monday following New Year) will be a holiday only in Andalusia, Aragon, Asturias, Castilla y León and Murcia; Tuesday, July 25 (Santiago Apóstol) will only be a holiday in Castilla y León, Galicia, Navarra and the Basque Country, and the Monday following Saint Joseph's Day will only be a holiday in Madrid.

The list of nine festivities common to the entire country in 2023 is as follows:

-January 6: Epiphany of the Lord (Friday).

-April 7: Good Friday (Friday).

-May 1: Labor Day (Monday).

-August 15: Assumption of the Virgin (Tuesday).

-October 12: National Holiday of Spain (Thursday).

-November 1: All Saints (Wednesday).

-December 6: Spanish Constitution Day (Wednesday).

-December 8: Immaculate Conception (Friday).

-December 25: Christmas (Monday).

To the national holidays, you must always add the regional holidays and two local ones, up to a total of 14 holidays a year.

The celebration of several festivals on Monday or Friday, therefore attached to Saturday and Sunday, will allow this 2023 to have some longer weekends than usual in the whole of Spain.

This is the case with January 6 (Friday); April 7 (Good Friday), May 1, which in 2023 falls on a Monday; on December 25, which will also be held on Monday, and on December 8, which will be Friday and which, added to December 6 (Wednesday), will allow workers who can take time off on Thursday the 7th to enjoy a five-day long weekend .

In the communities that have chosen to celebrate Holy Thursday (April 6), which are almost all, there will be a four-day bridge. And those workers who can afford to take a day off could extend the weekend for the celebration of the Assumption of the Virgin (August 15) on Tuesday and the Hispanic Day party (October 12) on Thursday.