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Puente de Pilar / Día de la Hispanidad

Tuesday, 12th of October marks the combo-holiday of the Virgin Saint “El Pilar” (La Virgen del Pilar) and the “Fiesta Nacional de España” – a.k.a. “Día de la Hispanidad“, commemorating the day in 1492 when Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas. A “Puente “, in Spanish, literally means “bridge”, and is the custom of taking a holiday, like this one, effectively stretching the weekend, creating a “bridge holiday” or long weekend. All of these “Puentes” are often used for taking little trips within Spain or even abroad The Fiesta Nacional de España is a big deal to many in Spain. Not many really think of it as a celebration of Columbus’ discovery, however. Mostly, it’s a nationalist day.

National holiday today!

So as you can probably already see many of the stores and services are today closed due to the national holiday called the Assumption of the Mary or Assumption of the Virgin. This feast is celebrate all over the country and not only in Seville.

Feria de Malaga

One of the best European festivals is right around the corner! The extravagant Feria de Malaga takes place every August in Malaga – located in Andalucía – and it lasts for almost 10 fun-filled days from 11th August to 20th. The nonstop party is one of the biggest and best-attended annual celebrations in Andalucía, and its’ heritage dates back to 1487.

​Semana santa in Spain

Holy Week in Spain is the annual tradition celebrated by Catholic religious brotherhoods and fraternities that perform processions on the streets of almost every Spanish city and town during the last week of Lent, the week immediately before Easter. The Passion of Christ, or Easter Week, known in Spain as Semana Santa, is without doubt the most important celebration in Spain. The festivities begin with the Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday) and end with Lunes de Pascua (Easter Monday). It is a celebration of life itself and the whole country comes alive.

​Saint Patrick’s Day

Every year on March 17, the Irish and the Irish-at-heart across the globe celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. What began as a religious feast day for the patron saint of Ireland has become an international festival celebrating Irish culture with parades, dancing, special foods and a whole lot of green. Many are awaiting this expected day in March and not even Irish pubs prepare to fill everything in green. Even in Spain people celebrate this day. Cities have different traditions but one that is same in every city is that they light their most popular monuments, fountains or lights on the street in green.

​Fire Festival in Valencia

The celebrations of the Fallas 2017 take time from Friday, January 13 to Sunday, March 19, which end in two weeks. You have a lot of falleras activities to enjoy this festival which was recently awarded the title of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Take the time to travel to Valencia this or next week!

Shorter week next week - Find out why!

I don’t know if you heard already, but on 28th of February there is a very important holiday happening in Andalucia. On this day, everything is closed, people go to the streets to celebrate and put out the flags with all the pride. So let me tell you why do you have a free day at school or at work and what do people celebrate on this day!