Until Thursday, 19th December, 2013
Sunday, 8th December, 2013
The patron saint of Spain, the Immaculate Conception, is celebrated in this national holiday.
Wednesday, 25th December, 2013
National holiday across Spain - but don't forget that the celebrations continue until January 6th. In some countries, gifts are exchanged on Christmas Eve, or on Christmas Day, but in Spain, the gifts are kept back for the more logical date of the 6th of January, when gifts were given to the holy child. Boxing Day is not celebrated in Spain.
Saturday, 28th December, 2013
This day remembers the day that the young children were murdered in Bethlehem in an attempt to catch the Christ child. It may seem a little bizarre celebrating this event in such a way, but on this day, jokes are played on the "innocents" - the same things that happens on April 1st in so many countries. And it's also an excuse (!) for more ferias.
Wednesday, 1st January, 2014
The first day of the year is a national holiday - "start as you mean to go on!"
Sunday, 5th January, 2014
Every village and every city in Spain celebrates the Three Kings (or the Three Wise Men, as they are sometimes known in the UK). In the evening, a procession goes through the village or city. Gifts, in the form of boiled sweets, are thrown to the crowds, and children young and old scrabble about for the gift. A special cake is also eaten, and if you find the figurine or coin contained in the cake - then, depending on the family tradition, either you pay for the cake, or you can expect good luck in the coming year. The cakes are taken by every family, almost without exception.
Events after Tuesday, 21st January, 2014 will appear in due course