Calender & Holidays in Malaga
Below you can find a description of local and national holidays and other celebrations in Malaga.
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.
3th and 4th weekend of February - Carnival. The yearly carnival is celebrated all over Spain with events like parades, mask and costume parties.
28th of February - Day of Andalusia. A state holiday throughout Andalusia.
March/April - Easter-Week. Easter is one of the most important religious events in Malaga, and the rest of Andalusia. It is celebrated with impressive religious processions where statuettes of Jesus and Virgin Maria are carried around the town, with music and participants in special costumes.
1st of May - International Labor day. A national holiday in Spain.
3rd of May - Cruces de Mayo. This day is celebrated (principally in Granada) with competitions in decorating the most beautiful cross with flowers, but is not a holiday in Malaga.
18th of June - Corpus Christi. This is a religious event celebrated with processions in the center of Malaga, but is not a holiday.
23rd of June - San Juan. San Juan is the longest day of the year and is celebrated with campfires and parties on the beach. (not a holiday)
16th of July - Virgen del Carmen. Virgen del Carmen is the patron of the sea and previously used to be a holiday in Malaga.
Starting 2nd Saturday of August for 9 days - The traditional summer town festival "Feria de Agosto". La Feria is a weeklong town festival, which is celebrated during the daytime in the city center and during night in an open square in the outsides of Malaga. The main objective is to have fun and people are dancing, singing, eating, and drinking in the many tents all over the Feria square.
In la Feria you can also find horse parades, flamenco concerts and locals in traditional regional dresses.
15th of August - Asuncin de la Virgen. This is a national holiday celebrating one of the patrons of Spain.
19th of August - Incorporation of Malaga in the kingdom of Catilla. This is a local holiday in the province of Malaga.
8th of September - Virgen de la Victoria. Local holiday in the capital of Malaga.
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 Malaga 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 - Los Santos Inocentes. Apart from being the day where people makes jokes upon each other (like 1st of April in many other countries), this is celebrated with Flamenco dancing and other festivities in Malaga.