Holidays and Ferias
Semana Santa (Easter Week) is celebrated in entire Spain, but Seville is known for having the best fiesta. During the week there are several processions by the nearly 60 brotherhoods throughout the city centre and the city is crowded of people that are either participating in the processions or following them as spectators. During this week the city is crowded and you can barely move, but it is definitely worth a visit. Beware of deviations in opening hours in the shops during this week.
Feria de Abril
Two weeks after Semana Santa the April Fair, Feria de Abril takes place. The area for this week long fair is at Feria de Abril in Los Remedios and the whole area is filled with casetas (tents) and there is also an amusement park set up exclusively for the feria. Most of the casetas are private belonging to families, business, clubs, trade associations and political parties, and you can only visit them if invited, but there are also a few public casetas open for everyone.
The feria can almost be divided into a morning- and night feria, as during the morning (which means about noon) the feria begins with parades of horse-carriages and horsemen, and the night feria, which begins at 8pm and ends in early morning, is filled with eating and drinking (popular drinks are Manzanilla and Rebujito), and Sevillana dancing and singing. During this week the Sevillan women dress up in flamenco dresses, traje de gitana, and men wear traje corto, a suit consisting of fitted pants and a short cut jacket with broad-brimmed hat. So, put on some nice clothes, bring your best mood and take part of this amazing feria!
Public Holidays in Sevilla
January 1st: New Year's Day (Friday)
January 6th: Dia de los Reyes Magos, Three Kings Day, Epiphany. (Wednesday)
March 25th: Good Friday
August 15th: Assumption of Mary, (Monday)
October 12th: Spanish National Day, (Wednesday)
November 1st: All Saints’ Day (Monday)
December 6th: Constitution Day (Tuesday)
December 8th: Immaculate Conception, (Thursday).
February 29th: Andalusia Day (Monday)
March 24th: Maundy Thursday
May 2nd: Workers’ Day (Monday after May 1)
December 26th: St Stephen’s Day (Monday)