Calender & Holidays in Alicante
Below you can find a description of local and national holidays and other celebrations in Alicante.
1st of January - New year's day. National holiday.
5-6th of January - The procession of the 3 Holy Kings. In Spain this event is celebrated with big parades for children where various famous people get the "honor" to play one of the 3 kings. On the morning of the 6th of January is when the children receive their gifts.
19th of March - San José. Especially celebrated throughout the region of Alicante because he is the patron saint, this is also Fathers Day in Spain.
March/April - Easter-Week. Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Monday of Passover are official holidays, although throughout Spain during holy week there are often celebrations and parades every day.
1st of May - International Labor day. A national holiday in Spain.
20-29th of June - Fiestas de Alicante. Throughout the week there are concerts and parades in the city, also a flower offering and many fireworks. The grand celebration is on the night of 23rd with fireworks on Mount Benacantil and the burning of the hogueras, which are the large cardboard figures. In the old quarter of town there is a Medieval market.
23rd of June - San Juan. San Juan is the longest day of the year and is celebrated with campfires and parties. (not a holiday).
15th of August - Asuncin de la Virgen. This is a national holiday celebrating one of the patrons of Spain.
12th of October - Dia del Hispanidad. This is a national holiday with official parades celebrating "being Spanish".
1st of November - All Saints day. National holiday in Spain. Halloween is celebrated in some places in Alicante but it is not a Spanish tradition.
6th of December - Constitution day in Spain. This is a National holiday, but is only celebrated with official events.
8th of December - Imaculada Concepcin. This is a national holiday celebrating the patron of Spain, la Imaculada Concepcin.
25th of December - Christmas day. National holiday.
28th of December - This is the day where people makes jokes upon each other (like the 1st of April in many other countries).