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Easter

Easter 2019 and 2020

Easter is one of the most celebrated religious holidays in the world and marks the resurrection of Jesus after the crucifixion. In Spain it is celebrated with public holidays on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Year Date Day Holiday Autonomous Communities
2019 18 Apr Thu Maundy Thursday National except Cantabria,
Catalonia & Valencia
19 Apr Fri Good Friday National
22 Apr Mon Easter Monday Balearic Islands, Basque
Country, Castile-La Mancha,
Catalonia, La Rioja,
Navarre & Valencia
2020 9 Apr Thu Maundy Thursday National except Cantabria,
Catalonia & Valencia
10 Apr Fri Good Friday National
13 Apr Mon Easter Monday Balearic Islands, Basque
Country, Catalonia, Navarre
& Valencia

There are 16 townships in Spain that recognise the entire Holy Week as an international tourist attraction due to the large amount of travelers drawn to their areas. The 16 townships that host special Easter activities are: Caceres, Cuenca, Crevillente, Granada, Hellin, Leon, Lorca, Malaga, Murcia, Medina del Campo, Medina de Rioseco, Orihuela, Salamanca, Sevilla, Valladolid and Zamora.

During Lent, worshippers are expected to observe the time with fasts on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. When it comes to Holy Week, the rich Spanish culture goes on full display as activities are broadcast on television, promoted in major international fairs and the press.

Each year and with much anticipation, worshippers and tourists look forward to enjoying a charged atmosphere involving religious festivities, devotion and celebration. Parades take place every night during Holy Week. Normally, they go on for miles and end well after midnight.