If you are planning a holiday to Murcia then you may want to plan a break around one of the many regional fiestas! From small village events to region wide celebrations, fiestas in Murcia generally involve a great deal of food and folklore, music and mayhem.
Across Spain you will notice that there are not only national holidays when there will be general bank holidays and days off for everyone, there are also Regional holidays when each Autonomous Community has the power to select an additional 2 days of celebrations just for that region.
Altogether there are 14 scheduled non-working days or bank holidays in Murcia. 10 days are national holidays, 3 days are chosen for the whole region of Murcia to celebrate and a further 2 days are chosen by each of the individual communities in Murcia as smaller regional bank holidays and will be different from area to area. The 8th December is a bank holiday but as it falls on a Sunday in 2019, unlike 3 Kings Day and Murcia Day, it is not rolled over to the Monday.
The 10 national holidays include: Tuesday 1st January (New Year’s Day), Monday 7th January (Three Kings Day), Friday 19th April (Good Friday), Wednesday 1st May (Labor Day), Thursday 15th August (Assumption of the Virgin Mary), Saturday 12th October (National Spain bank holiday), Friday 1st November (All Saints Day), Friday 6th December (Spanish Constitution Day), Sunday 8th December (Immaculate Conception Day), Wednesday 25th December (Christmas Day).
In 2019, as Three Kings Day and the Region of Murcia Day both fall on a Sunday, the corresponding bank holiday day will fall on the following Monday (i.e. Monday January 7th 2019 and Monday 10th June 2019).
For 2019, the chosen days for the whole of the region of Murcia to celebrate are: Tuesday 19th March (San Jose / Father’s Day) and Thursday 18th April (Holy Thursday) and Monday 10th June (Murcia Day).
As is typical in Spain, people will be scanning the 2019 calendar looking for “puente” days too! The puente is a Spanish phenomenon involving taking the day off in between a holiday and a weekend, for example, Monday 18th March just before San Jose Day or Friday 16th August in between Assumption Day and the weekend.
The final 2 days will vary massively from area to area.
2019 List of National and Regional Bank Holidays
All in all the list of national and regional bank holidays reads as follows;
Tuesday 1st January – New Year’s Day
Monday 7th January – Three Kings Day
Tuesday 19th March – San Jose Day
Thursday 18th April – Holy Thursday
Friday 19th April – Good Friday
Wednesday 1st May – Labor Day
Monday 10th June – Region of Murcia Day
Thursday 15th August – Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Saturday 12th October – National Spain bank holiday
Friday 1st November – All Saints Day
Friday 6th December – Spanish Constitution Day
Sunday 8th December – Immaculate Conception Day
Wednesday 25th December – Christmas Day