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by Gary Hardy

Fiestas & Public Holidays On Ibiza & Formentera




 
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1st January: Año Nuevo New Year's Day is a public holiday in Ibiza and throughout Spain.

5th January:Three Kings Parade.

6th January: Día de Reyes (Epifania del Señor) The "Three Kings" or Epiphany, which is the biggest day of the year for all of the children throughout Spain. This is the equivalent of Christmas day because the "Three Kings" in traditional costumes arrive in a sensational procession at each local town hall square to give the local children their presents which were initially supplied to the local town hall by the parents of each child.

17th January: Sant Antoni de Portmany Patrons Saint's day and a local public holiday for San Antonio.

21st January: Santa Agnès de Corona Patrons Saint's day and a local public holiday for Santa Iñes.

12th February: Santa Eulàría des Riu Patrons Saint's day and public holiday for Santa Eulàlia de Rio.

27th February: Martes de Carnaval Shrove Tuesday.

28th February: Miércoles de Ceniza Ash Wednesday.

1st March: Día de les Illes Balears Public holiday throughout the Baleares islands to celebrate the Statue of Self-Government.

19th March: Sant Josep de sa Talaia Patron Saint's day and a public holiday for San José.

Semana Santa: Domingo de Ramos Palm Sunday.

Samana Santa: Jueves Santo Maundy Thursday.

Semana Santa: Viernes Santo Good Friday.

Semana Santa: Domingo de Resurrección Easter Sunday.

2nd April: Sant Francesc de Paula Patron Saint's day of San Franciso.

5th April: Sant Vicent de sa Cala Patron Saint's day and a public holiday in San Vicente.

23rd April: Sant Jordi Patron Saint's day and a public holiday for San Jorge.

1st May: Fiesta del Trabajo Fiesta for the worker on May Day.

11th May: Patrimonio de la Humanidad Local holiday to celebrate the island of Ibiza's recent special award for "The Heritage of Mankind".

Second Sunday of May: Puig d'en Valls Fiestas and a public holiday in Puig d'en Vals and Ibiza town.

24th May: Día de la Ascensión Ascension Day.

30th May: Sant Ferrán de ses Roques Patron Saint's day and public holiday for San Fernando on the island of Formentera.

14th June: Corpus Christi A religious holiday.

21st to 24th June: Sant Joan de Labritja A four-day period of fiestas in San Juan and Ibiza town, which are devoted to Saint John the Baptist.

23rd June: Vispera de San Juan Midsummer's Eve is a public holiday in San Juan and Ibiza town to celebrate the beginning of the summer where fireworks and bonfires are burnt throughout the whole of Spain.

24th June: Sant Juan Bautista Patron Saint's day of John the Baptist and public holiday in San Juan and Ibiza town.

10th July: Fiestas de Sant Cristobal Patron Saint's day is celebrated in Es Caña.

16th July: La Fiestas del Carmen Patron Saint's day for all fisherman and her day is celebrated as a public holiday in Ibiza town, San Antonio and Formentera. Ibiza town has a colourful water procession with an Armada of boats full of flowers which pageant around the harbour.

25th July: Sant Jaime (Santiago Apostol) Patron Saint's day for Saint James is celebrated throughout the whole of Spain and is a public holiday in San Juan on Ibiza and also for the island of Formentera.

5th August: Nuestra Senora de las Santa María de las Nieves Patron Saint's day that is celebrated in Santa Eulàlia del Rio, Sant Josep, Es Cubells, Sant Jordi, Sant Francesc de s'Estany, Formentera and the Cathedral of Ibiza town, where it continues with sensational parades and fireworks for three days.

8th August: Sant Ciriaco Patron Saint's day and a public holiday in Ibiza town.

10th August: Sant Llorenç de Balàfia Patron Saint's day and a public holiday in San Lorenzo.

15th August: Asunción de la Virgen Celebrates the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

24th August: Sant Bartolomé Patron Saint's day that is only celebrated in San Antonio, simply because, many years ago there was a boat full of people from a town on the east coast of Spain who were in trouble and distress out at sea in bed weather. This boat and all the people sailing in her were eventually rescued by local sailors from San Antonio and brought to safety here to the island on this special day in August, which is completed at midnight by a spectacular firework display.

28th August: Sant Agusti des Vedra Patron Saint's day and a public holiday for San Agustin, which features excellent live music by local bands playing in the local church square during the evening.

8th September: Mare de Deu de Jesús (our Lady of Jesus) Patron Saint's day and a public holiday in Jesús.

14th September: Santa Cruz Patron Saint's day which is celebrated in Ibiza town.

21st September: Sant Mateu de Aubarca Patron Saint's day and a public holiday in San Mateu.

29th September: Sant Miguel de Balansat Patron Saint's day and a public holiday in San Miguel.

12th October: Fiesta Nacional Día de la Hispanidad This day is a national day of fiesta throughout the whole of Spain to celebrate the discovery of America by Columbus.

12th October: El Pilar de la Mola This is a fiesta held on the island of Formenera.

15th October: Es Cubells Fiesta at Es Cubells.

24th October: Sant Rafel de Forca Patron Saint's day and a public holiday in San Rafael.

1st November: Día de Todos los Santos Public holiday is to celebrate All Saints' Day.

4th November: Sant Carles de Peralta Patron Saint's day and a public holiday in San Carlos.

16th November: Santa Gestrudis de Fruitera Patron Saint's day and public holiday in Santa Gertrudis.

3rd December: Sant Francesc Xavier Patron Saint's day and a public holiday in San Francisco Javier on the island of Formentera.

6th December: Día de la Constitución National holiday throughout Spain to celebrate Constitution Day.

8th December: Inmaculada Concepción Public holiday here on Ibiza and the island of Formentera to celebrate the Immaculate Conception.

24th December: Nochebuena Christmas Eve.

25th December: Navidad del Señor Christmas Day.

26th December: Segunda Fiesta de Navidad Patron Saints's day of Sant Esteban.

28th December: Día de los Inocentes All Fools' Day.

31st December: Noche Vieja New Year's Eve.

Gary Hardy

garyhardy@liveibiza.com