Madrileños will be enjoying a bumper year for public holidays in 2023.
The official list has been published and whilst nationally there will be 9 official public holidays – Madrid residents will be enjoying additional regional ( Comunidad de Madrid ) and local, Madrid capital – days off.
This in addition to a myriad of local fiestas in the region´s municipalities.
The Spanish government announced the dates of national public holidays in 2023 and there will be nine altogether, which is one more than last year.
The national public holidays will be 6 January (Epiphany), 7 April (Good Friday), 1 May (Labour Day), 15 August (Assumption of the Virgin), 12 October (National Day), 1 November (All Saints), 6 December (Spanish Constitution), 8 December (Immaculate Conception) and 25 December (Christmas Day).
In addition, Spain´s 17 regional governments have the right to modify some of the public holidays: for example Thursday 6 April (Easter Thursday) will also be a public holiday in most of the country but not in the Valencia and Catalonia regions.
The regions can also make the Monday a day off if the actual public holiday falls on a Sunday, such as San José (19 March) and have flexibility to choose their own public holidays.
So in 2023 Monday 2 January will be a holiday in Andalucía, Aragón, Asturias, Castilla y León and Murcia.; Tuesday 25 July (St James the Apostle) will be a bank holiday in Castilla y León, Galicia, Navarra and the Basque Country.
So although Madrid is not having Monday 2nd January it will be compensated later in the year.
The 20th March is a rollover from Sunday to celebrate San Jose.
Her Virgin, Nuestra Señora de la Almudena, is celebrated on 9th November.
Madrileños will have plenty of opportunity for planning long weekends and super long “puente” weeks off given that many public holidays fall midweek or Friday or Monday.
The full 14 day bank holiday calendar for Madrid in 2023 is:
– Friday 6th January, Epiphany.
– Monday 20th March, San José.
– Thursday 6th April, Easter Thursday.
– Friday 7th April, Good Friday.
– Monday 1st May, Workers Day
– Tuesday 2nd May, Comunidad de Madrid Day
– Monday 15th May, San Isidro (Madrid capital)
– Tuesday 15th August , La Paloma ( Madrid capital).
– Thursday 12th October, Hispanidad Day.
– Wednesday 1st November, All Saints Day.
– Thursday 9th November, Nuestra Señora de la Almudena (Madrid capital).
– Wednesday 6th December, Constitution Day.
– Friday 8th December, Inmaculate Conception.
– Monday 25th December- Christmas Day.
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