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Friday, May 16, 2014

Tenerife’s public holidays for 2015



The government of the Canary Islands has announced the dates of public holidays for 2015.

  • 1 January (Año Nuevo/New Year’s Day)
  • 6 January (Epifanía del Señor/Epihany)
  • 2 April  (Jueves Santo/Easter Thursday)
  • 3 April (Viernes Santo/Easter Friday)
  • 1 May (Fiesta del Trabajo/Workers’ Day)
  • 30 May (Día de Canarias/Canarian Day)
  • 15 August (Asunción de la Virgen/Assumption)
  • 12 October (Fiesta Nacional de España/Spain Day)
  • 2 November (Todos los Santos/All Saints Day)
  • 8 December (Inmaculada Concepción/Immaculate Conception)
  • 25 December (Natividad del Señor/Christmas Day)

The above dates are the public holidays for all the Canaries.

Each island also has an additional day of it’s own, which in Tenerife’s case is 2 February (Candlemass – the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple or Feast of the Purification of the Virgin) for the island’s patron saint’s day, the Virgen de la Candelaria, bringing the number of public holidays to 12. Then, in addition to this, each municipality has a further 2 local days (details still to be advised), bringing the total up to 14.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tuesday the 13th in Tenerife

Martes 13 / Tuesday 13th

In the cultures of Spain, Greece and some countries of Latin America, such as Argentina, Chile and Venezuela, Martes 13 (Tuesday 13th) is considered an unlucky day. 

One explanation for the number 13 being unlucky is because at the last supper, Judas is the traitor and what a coincidence ... he’s considered the number 13. It is also said that it was a Tuesday when there was the confusion of tongues at the Tower of Babel. The negative connotations of Tuesday 13th have no scientific basis, so it should be very clear that it’s just a myth, the same as Friday the 13th in Anglo-Saxon cultures or Friday 17th in Italy.

In Spanish there is an old saying, which goes, “On Tuesday, neither get married, nor embark on a journey, nor travel away from home.” There are many people with a phobia to this day, not traveling anywhere because of superstition. It was also common that planes had no row 13 (it was assumed that passengers wouldn't buy tickets for that row). 

Phobia of this day is called Trezidavomartiofobia. [Tray-see-dav-O-marty-O-phobia.]

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