Events and holidays in Spain

Spain's iconic holidays and festivals.

The tripmydream website has put together some of the most interesting holidays you can go to. Most of them happen every year.

December 21 is St. Thomas' Day in San Sebastian. On this day, the city holds a grand fair: the streets are filled with stalls of local produce and happy shoppers.

January 4-6 is the Cavalcade of the Kings of the Magi. Spanish Christmas doesn't end on the night of December 25. It is celebrated for most of the winter with numerous carnivals, festivals and fairs.

January 19 to 21 is Tamborrada in San Sebastian at the Plaza de la Constitución. Throughout the day, the city is filled with drumming and adults and children marching through the streets dressed as Napoleonic soldiers or bakers and water carriers.

From March 1 to August 31 Corrida is popular in Spain. It is the one that has split Spanish society in two: pro and con. Some resent the bull suffering. Some enjoy watching the cruel and long-standing non-lethal game of bullfighting.

Fallas takes place in Valencia from March 14 to 19. It's Spain's Shrovetide carnival, a festival of pyrotechnics and fire, where instead of a scarecrow of winter, wooden figures are burned, one from each city district.

March 19-27 is Holy Week. It is celebrated most vividly in Seville and Málaga. There are mass processions and impressive demonstrations, with thousands of members of religious brotherhoods marching through the streets.

March 27-28 is Reconquista Day in Vigo. They dress up in Galician and French costumes and stage a scene of Napoleon's expulsion.

The Battle of the Moors and Christians in Alcoy takes place April 21-24. The three-day battle is re-imagined each time and is prescribed in special programs for participants and guests.

Since May 15, St. Isidore's Day is celebrated in Estepona. It is the patron saint of the town.

May 28 to 29 is the strange El Colacho festival - jumping over babies in the village of Castillo de Murcia. This rather odd annual festival has been taking place since 1620. The official Catholic Church does not recognize it.

June 22 to 24, St. Juan's Day is celebrated in Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Andalusia, Marbella. Along the seashore, dozens of bonfires are lit, tons of firecrackers explode, and residents welcome summer with song and dance.

June 24 through June 29, the Feast of St. Peter is celebrated in Reus. It is a celebration of the city's patron saint for two summer days. The festive parade is more like a carnival show.

June 28 to 29, the Wine Battle takes place. One of the oldest Spanish festivals and certainly the most boozy: a sea of Rioja, adrenaline and fun.

July 6-14 San Fermin in Pamplona. The main event in the festival program is the encierro, the running through the streets with angry bulls.

July 15-16 is the Feast of the Virgin Carmen in Marbella. Traditional festivities in honor of the patron saint of sailors. The Virgin Carmen is solemnly carried through the city and carried by sea.

July 24-25, St. James Day is celebrated in Santiago de Compostela. The main feast is dedicated to the Apostle James, whose relics are kept in the city's cathedral.

October 3 through 12, St. Froilan's Day takes place in Lugo. One of the largest Galician festivals, it is usually celebrated for nine whole days.

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