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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Tenerife’s official public holidays for 2016


The Canarian government has fixed the calendar of public holidays for 2016:

1 January (Año Nuevo/New Year’s Day)
6 January (Epifanía del Señor/Epihany)
2 February (Tenerife’s “island day” for patron saint Virgen de la Candelaria)
24 March (Jueves Santo/Easter Thursday)
25 March (Viernes Santo/Easter Friday)
2 May (Monday in lieu of Fiesta del Trabajo/Workers’ Day)
30 May (Día de Canarias/Canaries Day)
15 August (Asunción de la Virgen/Assumption)
12 October (Fiesta Nacional de España/Spain Day)
1 November (Todos los Santos/All Saints Day)
6 December (Día de la Constitución Española/Constitution Day)
8 December (Inmaculada Concepción/Immaculate Conception)
- 26 December (Monday in leiu of Christmas Day, which falls on a Sunday.)

Ten of those are "fixed" National Fiestas, two are decided at the the level of the whole Canary Islands, then 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 a.k.a. Feast of the Purification of the Virgin) for the island’s patron saint’s day, the Virgen de la Candelaria, bringing the total number of public holidays in 2016 to 13.

Then, in addition to this, each municipality has a further 2 local days.

Calendario Laboral Tenerife 2016 (Download PDF)
Via: 2016 public holidays and local fiestas
Unlike so many journalists writing about the resorts, Pamela has not only actually been to Tenerife, she lived on the island for 16 years, for the majority of that time in a rural valley immersed in the local culture in a way that few outsiders have been privileged to do and gaining a wealth of knowledge about the island, its people, their customs, fiestas and celebrations that she is now able to share via this site. Fluent in Spanish, she also translated and reported for the various English-language newspapers.

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