The bigger sister of the Iberian Union (the other being Portugal, but the Union was long dissolved), Spain is mundane and sophisticated at once, passionate and realistic, but unapologetically hedonistic – the Spanish are known for their devotion to living the good life. The country has a diverse landscape as it is in its culture: Madrid, the capital, is wholeheartedly Basque, whereas the other big city Barcelona is distinctly Catalan (of the Catalonia region). If there is one thing though that really stands out, it is that Spain, true to form, exudes Old World charm. After all, it once drew the line with Portugal on who gets what (in the Treaty of Tordesillas) and though that no longer holds, Spain’s influence can still be seen the world over.
New Year’s Day – Spain follows the Gregorian calendar, and celebrates the first day of the year with joyous anticipation and loads of pomp.
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Día de Reyes/Epifanía del Señor
Epiphany – The revelation of the Infant Savior to the Three Magi is celebrated in this country much like it is in the rest of the Christendom.
Sunday, 6 January 2013
Good Friday – The Spanish, most of whom are Catholics, commemorate this day in the Spain calendar 2013 as the death of their Savior on the cross. The day before, Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday) is considered a religious observance although not declared a national holiday.
Friday, 29 April 2013
Domingo de Pascua
Easter – Catholics and Christians in Spain rejoice as their Savior is risen on the third day after his crucifixion.
Sunday, 31 April 2013
Primero de Mayo
Labor Day – Spain honors its laborers’ contribution to the economic welfare of the country and are recognized on this day in the Spain calendar 2013.
Monday, 1 May 2013
Fiesta Nacional de España
Spanish National Day – This day marks the day when Columbus landed in the Americas, an achievement of the Spanish crown in their quest for “God, glory and gold.” This was a turning point in the Spanish history because the land Columbus claimed was for the Spanish crown. Hence, most of South America and the Caribbean also celebrate this day, and is called “Dia de la Raza” or Columbus Day.
Monday, 14 October 2013
Celebración del Sacrificio
The Feast of Sacrifice – This is a minor holiday in Spain in respect to Muslims who comprise the minority of the population (after all, Spain was once invaded by Moorish conquestadors). The Feast is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is celebrated after the devout has performed hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. The days that follow commemorate the sacrifice made by the prophet Abraham of his son Ishmael, and reminds the faithful to do the same by way of giving alms to the poor and forgiving those who have committed transgressions against them.
Thursday to Sunday, 10 to 20 October 2013
Día de Todos los Santos
All Saints’ Day – The Spanish pay respects to their departed, clean their graveyards, and offer food and prayers.
Friday, 1 November 2013
Día de la Constitución
Constitution Day – This day in the Spain calendar 2013 celebrates the ratification of the Spanish constitution.
Friday, 6 December 2013
La Inmaculada de Concepción
Immaculate Conception Day – This is the day when the Virgin Mary was thought to have been conceived. The Spanish are devout Marians; after all, they, along with the Portuguese, brought Catholicism to the world.
Sunday, 8 December 2013
Christmas Day – Spain joins the rest of the Christendom in the celebration of the birth of their savior.
Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Have a Happy Spain Holidays in 2013. .!