We are forever getting caught off guard on holidays here in Valencia. There are national holidays for all of Spain, and then there are the regional holidays just for the Valencia Communidad. Generally, we find out about these by happenstance when the stores are closed on a random Tuesday when we’re out of food or really need something, like a bank. So here are the holidays that we know about for 2019. It covers both Spanish holidays and one’s specific to Valencia. If you’re traveling to other areas of the country you’ll want to look up the holidays specific to those autonomous regions.
Note: This doesn’t include municipal festivals or an exhaustive list of religious holidays (where most stores are also closed) – although some are listed below as they overlap with Valencian Holidays. That’s a whole separate calendar.
Curious Note: If you look, you’ll see that Father’s Day is called out, but not Mother’s Day. Here, Father’s Day is an actual day off. All the stores and banks will be closed. But Mother’s Day isn’t a national or regional holiday. I also noted that the second Sunday in May (usually Mother’s day in the US) is listed as ‘Our Lady of the Forsaken’ day. Hmm. Just sayin’.
2019 Valencian Sanctioned Holidays
1st January - New Year's Day
6th January - Three Kings Day - children receive Christmas presents
22 January - San Vicente Martir (only in Valencia city)
12th-19th March – Las Fallas festival
19th March - St. Joseph's Day (Father's Day)
Late March or early April - Maundy Thursday
Late March or early April - Good Friday
1st May - Labour Day
Second Sunday May - Our Lady of the Forsaken
Mid June (Sunday) - Feast of Corpus Christi
15th August - Feast of the Assumption
9th October - Valencia Regional Day
12th October – Spanish National Day
1st November - All Saints' Day
6th December - Constitution Day
8th December - Feast of the Immaculate Conception
25th December - Christmas Day
A little more background details on some of the big fiestas in Valencia in 2019