2010/2011 Barcelona Bank Holidays
(Those marked with a ´*´ might have a different date in some regions)
Listed below are the holidays (or days off) for the 2010-2011 Calendar year. The Spanish love their holidays and are often known to “hacer puente” or make an extra long weekend out of a holiday that falls on a Thursday or Tuesday by also taking of the Friday or Monday that falls in between the day off and the weekend.
- Friday 1 Jan – Año Nuevo – also known as New Year’s Day
- Wednesday 6 Jan* – Día de Reyes/Epifanía del Señor – it is a religious holiday celebrating the Three Kings. For most of Spain this is the main day of celebration, when the three wise men visited Baby Jesus, after his birth and children can expect a post-Christmas round of gifts on this holiday.
- Thursday 9 March* – Jueves Santo – also known as Maundy Thursday, which falls before Easter and celebrates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. Being a Catholic country, Spain places great importance on the Easter holidays.
- Friday 19 Mar* – San José – is a religious holiday celebrating Saint Joseph. As you will quickly find, Spaniards in general, are very dedicated to their Saints.
- Friday 2 Apr – Viernes Santo – Good Friday
- Sunday 4 April- Pascua – Easter Sunday
- Friday 23 April -Día de Aragón – which is also known as Community Day
- Saturday 1 May – Día del Trabajador – is Labor Day, and a commemoration of the introduction of worker´s rights and now a traditional day of protest by the Socialist Party and unionized groups.
- Thursday 24 June – Sant Joan – Saint John’s festival and a big celebration in Barcelona. Given the summer, beautiful weather and influx of tourists, the tribute to Sant Joan is a justified excuse for having a huge party!
- Sunday 15 Aug – Asuncion de la Virgen – which is also known as Assumption and is a religious holiday celebrating the day the Virgin Mary ascended into heaven.
- Saturday 11 September – Fiesta National de Catalunya – National Day of Catalonia, marked by fireworks and parties.
- Friday 24 September – La Mercè – This is the party day of the city, as it celebrates its patron saint, the Virgin de la Merce. Either get your dancing shoes on or get out of town, it’s yet another big excuse for fireworks and loud music!
- Tuesday 12 Oct – Hispanitat – is the National Day of Spain, also known as Columbus Day.
- Monday 1 Nov – Todos Los Santos – is the All Saints’ Day and a bit like Halloween, but with a religious emphasis.
- Monday 6 Dec – Día de la Constituciónn Espanola – Constitution Day. Celebration of the establishment of the Spanish constitution.
- Wednesday 8 Dec – Inmaculada Concepción – or celebration of the Immaculate Conception
- Saturday 25 Dec – Navidad – Christmas Day
- Sunday 26 Dec – Sant Esteve – also known as Boxing Day and a recovery day from Christmas!
- Saturday 1 Jan -Año Nuevo
- Thursday 6 Jan* -Día de Reyes/Epifanía del Señor
- Saturday 19 Mar* – San José
- Monday 4 April- Pascua
- Friday 22 Apr – Viernes Santo
- Saturday 23 April -Día de Aragón
- Sunday 1 May – Día del Trabajador
- Friday 24 June – Sant Joan
- Monday 15 Aug – Asuncion de la Virgen
- Sunday 11 September – Fiesta National de Catalunya
- Saturday 24 September La Mercè
- Wednesday 12 Oct – Hispanitat
- Tuesday 1 Nov – Todos Los Santos
- Tuesday 6 Dec – Día de la Constituciónn Espanola
- Thursday 8 Dec – Inmaculada Concepción
- Sunday 25 Dec – Navidad
- Monday 26 Dec – Sant Esteve