Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Spanish fiestas and festivals

A member of the Languages in Primary Schools (LiPS) Facebook group was asking yesterday which special Spanish days are commonly taught as part of the cultural element of the Key Stage 2 curriculum.  Celebrations and festivals are also a part of the new GCSE course in Languages.

Here is a list of all the popular fiestas and días festivos.  If I have missed any that are celebrated widely or across the country, or that are popular fiestas from elsewhere in the Hispanic world, please put it in a comment and I'll add it to the list.

You can download my Días Festivos Tarsia and dominoes from here.

1st January
New Year
5th January
Parade of the Three Kings
6th January
Day of the Three Kings / Epiphany
el Día de San Valentín
14th February
Valentine’s Day
14th February
Friendship Day
Carnivals (take place Thursday before Shrove Tuesday to Shrove Tuesday)
15th-19th March
The Falles
19th March
St Joseph’s Day / Father’s Day
Holy Week
23rd April
St George's Day
23rd April
Book Day
April / May
Seville April Fair (takes place in the 3rd week after Semana Santa)
1st May
Labour Day
1st Sunday in May
Mother’s Day
10th June
Corpus Christi
last week of June
St John festivals
7th July
St Fermin’s Day
15th August
Assumption of Mary
last Wednesday in August
Tomato-throwing festival
12th October
Spain’s national day
12th October
Day of the Spanish-speaking world / Columbus Day
31st October – 2nd November
Day of the Dead (not Spain)
1st November
All Saints' Day
6th December
Constitution Day
8th December
Day of the Immaculate Conception
24th December
Christmas Eve
25th December
Christmas Day
28th December
Day of the Holy Innocents (like April Fools’ Day)
31st December
New Year’s Eve

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