Summer holiday (beginning) -
Monday June 11, 2018
School holidays : Educación Secundaria Obligatoria
Artes Plásticas y de Diseño one week later for:
2º ciclo de Educación Infantil
St Fermin (Pamplona only) -
Sunday July 7, 2019
Culture : Running of the bulls on the streets
Thursday August 15, 2019
Catholic : Dogma defined by the Catholic Church on November 1, 1950, when Pope Pius XII declared that at the end of her life, Mary's body and soul were assumed into Heaven.
Summer holiday (end) -
Monday September 3, 2018
School holidays :
Spanishness Day -
Friday October 12, 2018
Secular holiday : To commemorate the arrival of Columbus in Americas in 1492. It is also celebrated as the day of the Armed Forces in Spain.
All Saints' Day -
Thursday November 1, 2018
Catholic : The day now honors all saints of the church, even those not known by name. The first All Saints' Day occurred on May 13, 609 (C.E.) when Pope Boniface IV accepted the Pantheon as a gift from the Emperor Phocas. Boniface dedicated it as the Church of Santa Maria Rotonda in honor of the Blessed Virgin and all martyrs. During Pope Gregory III's reign (731-741), the festival was expanded to include all saints and a chapel in St. Peter's church was dedicated accordingly. Pope Gregory IV officially designated the day in 837. (World Book Encyclopedia)
St Saturninus (Pamplona only) -
Thursday November 29, 2018
St Françis Xavier -
Tuesday December 4, 2018
Catholic or protestant : Christian recognition of service to people and appreciation of the natural world, as practiced by the Jesuit Order which he founded.
Constitution Day -
Thursday December 6, 2018
Secular holiday : Commemorates the 1978 referendum when the Spanish people voted to approve the constitution.
Immaculate Conception -
Saturday December 8, 2018
Catholic : Dogma that Mary was from the first moment of conception, totally free from the stain of original sin. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday
Christmas holiday (beginning) -
Friday December 21, 2018
School holidays :
Christmas Day -
Tuesday December 25, 2018
Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.
St Stephen's Day -
Wednesday December 26, 2018
Catholic or protestant : Remembrance of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr.