It’s that Time of Year again when many people are beginning to think about Holidays and Days Off. Here’s the List for 2013 / 2014
Spanish Holidays and Days Off 2013
Tuesday 01/01/2013 New Year
Sunday 06/01/2013 Epiphany
Thursday 28/02/2013 Regional Holiday Andalusia
Friday 01/03/2013 Regional Holiday Balearic Islands
Tuesday 19/03/2013 Saint Joseph
Tuesday 19/03/2013 Father´s Day
Thursday 28/03/2013 Maundy Thursday
Friday 29/03/2013 Good Friday
Sunday 31/03/2013 Easter
Monday 01/04/2013 Easter Monday
Tuesday 23/04/2013 Regional Holiday Castile and Léon
Tuesday 23/04/2013 Regional Holiday Aragon
Wednesday 01/05/2013 Labour Day
Thursday 02/05/2013 Regional Holiday Madrid
Friday 17/05/2013 Galician Literature Day
Thursday 30/05/2013 Regional Holiday Canary Islands
Thursday 30/05/2013 Corpus Christi
Friday 31/05/2013 Regional Holiday Castile-La Mancha
Sunday 09/06/2013 Regional Holiday Murcia
Sunday 09/06/2013 Regional Holiday La Rioja
Thursday 25/07/2013 Galician National Day
Thursday 15/08/2013 Assumption of Mary
Monday 02/09/2013 Regional Holiday Ceuta
Sunday 08/09/2013 Regional Holiday Asturias
Sunday 08/09/2013 Regional Holiday Extremadura
Wednesday 11/09/2013 Regional Holiday Catalonia
Sunday 15/09/2013 Regional Holiday Cantabria
Wednesday 09/10/2013 Regional Holiday Valencia
Saturday 12/10/2013 Columbus Day
Friday 25/10/2013 Regional Holiday Basque Country
Friday 01/11/2013 All Saints
Friday 06/12/2013 Constitution Day Spain
Sunday 08/12/2013 Mother´s Day
Sunday 08/12/2013 Immaculate Conception
Wednesday 25/12/2013 Christmas
Spanish Holidays and Days Off 2014
Wednesday 01/01/2014 New Year
Monday 06/01/2014 Epiphany
Friday 28/02/2014 Regional Holiday Andalusia
Saturday 01/03/2014 Regional Holiday Balearic Islands
Wednesday 19/03/2014 Saint Joseph
Wednesday 19/03/2014 Father´s Day
Thursday 17/04/2014 Maundy Thursday
Friday 18/04/2014 Good Friday
Sunday 20/04/2014 Easter
Monday 21/04/2014 Easter Monday
Wednesday 23/04/2014 Regional Holiday Castile and Léon
Wednesday 23/04/2014 Regional Holiday Aragon
Thursday 01/05/2014 Labour Day
Friday 02/05/2014 Regional Holiday Madrid
Saturday 17/05/2014 Galician Literature Day
Friday 30/05/2014 Regional Holiday Canary Islands
Saturday 31/05/2014 Regional Holiday Castile-La Mancha
Monday 09/06/2014 Regional Holiday La Rioja
Monday 09/06/2014 Regional Holiday Murcia
Thursday 19/06/2014 Corpus Christi
Friday 25/07/2014 Galician National Day
Friday 15/08/2014 Assumption of Mary
Tuesday 02/09/2014 Regional Holiday Ceuta
Monday 08/09/2014 Regional Holiday Extremadura
Monday 08/09/2014 Regional Holiday Asturias
Thursday 11/09/2014 Regional Holiday Catalonia
Monday 15/09/2014 Regional Holiday Cantabria
Thursday 09/10/2014 Regional Holiday Valencia
Sunday 12/10/2014 Columbus Day
Saturday 25/10/2014 Regional Holiday Basque Country
Saturday 01/11/2014 All Saints
Saturday 06/12/2014 Constitution Day Spain
Monday 08/12/2014 Immaculate Conception
Monday 08/12/2014 Mother´s Day
Thursday 25/12/2014 Christmas
Madrid Buskers are part and parcel of City Life here in the capital of Spain but now there are plans to make them Audition for there role as Street Entertainment in Madrid. Normally, you can hear them as you rush through the Metro Stations and wait for the next Metro Train to arrive. There are good ones and bad ones, Guitarists and Violinists play the old Rock Standards of Dire Straits and Vivaldi to sweeten the ears of passers by from morning till evening closing time. The ocassional Heavy Metal Band can be encountered ,too.
Now, the City of Madrid is telling them that they must take a test or X-Factor type Audition before being allowed to add their version of “Sultans of Swing” to the echoes of the Tube Station in Madrid. The good news is that you don’t have to have degree in music or be the next Hendrix or Mozart to pass and get a licence to play your tune. Just be good enough to be called entertainment and not be a pest to those of us who “Enjoy a cup of coffee on Plaza de Mayor”without being irritated by Street Entertainers not up to the task.
The New Legislation was introduced last month also making it illegal to play music in public between the traditional Siesta Hours – Madrileños don’t take Siesta and haven’t done for many years – The objective is to ensure that the quality of Street Entertainment is kept high enough to be enjoyable for passers by and not to turn into a racket. The percieved problem being that with High Unmemployment in Spain, many would be Musicians have turned their hand to Busking the Streets to earn crust. There are signs of this as I walk through the Metro stations and streets of Madrid these days. I witness the rise in Buskers and the fall in Musical Talent as I pass a man who is playing a Bob Marley tune with one chord and a voice to insight murderous intent. I pass through many a station everday in Madrid and find that the Tradition of Buskeing belongs in the City and is always a welcome sound, mostly.
This Weekend is the Last Weekend in October 2013 and that means the clocks will be set back, or as the Americans say, the will Fall back this time but Spring Forward in Spring time.
So, set the clock back on Saturday night and when you wake up on Sunday morning with a hangover, you won’t be too confused about where that missing Daylight Saving Time hour is.
It’s a Rainy Day in Madrid as we approach the Weekend – which is guaranteed to be wet and rainy. A cheap brolly from the Chino is a must. I’ve already bought one, used it up and it is now in the bin, but at 2 euros a piece who cares, it kept me dry.
The Weather in Spain is simple; rain, and at least in Madrid, this will continue for next five or six days. Time to start building your Ark,bring in the cat and close the windows as sunshine is going to be a bit rare for the next few days. Don’t forget to Put the Clocks Back
I received an e-mail yesterday informing that Ra the Cat who resides in Petra’s Bookshop in the centre of Madrid,c/Campomanes 13, has been Kidnapped. Really.
He was taken from the street in front of the Madrid Book shop and then around Plaza de Opera area of Madrid was bundled,howling and screaming, into a cat-box then a car. A witness described a young man and woman – the man wearing red trouser braces (suspenders).
I can’t imagine the motive behind this. Ra the cat has a loving home and won’t adjust to the two idiots who have taken him. Most people understand that you can’t force a cat to do anything – let alone be your companion.
If you saw anything connected with Ra the cat’s disappearance, please contact Petra’s Bookshop owners.
Tel;915 41 72 91
“Rah” is the name of the Eygptian god of Cats. She promises to bestow happiness and life to those who care for and love Cats – and she promises to destroy those who mistreat and harm Cats.