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Upcoming public holidays in the Canary Islands: sooner than expected

Certain municipalities in the Canary Islands will enjoy an additional public holiday.

The Canary Islands’ work calendar for 2024 encompasses all national, regional, and island-specific public holidays. But when exactly will the next holidays occur?

Jéssica de León, heading the Regional Ministry of Tourism and Employment, has processed the file in accordance with national laws, designating all Sundays in the year alongside two (or three) public holidays as non-working, paid, and non-recoverable days.

National Holiday

Upcoming public holidays in the Canary Islands: sooner than expected

  • 1 May, Labour Day: A day marking international labour movement achievements, serving as a day for social and labour rights advocacy for workers. It is observed as a public holiday across most countries.

Regional Holiday:

  • 30 May, Canary Islands Day: Celebrated across the archipelago, this day marks the anniversary of the first session of the Canary Islands’ Parliament, following the Statute of Autonomy of the Canary Islands established in 1982. The inaugural session took place on 30 May 1983 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, presided over by Pedro Guerra Cabrera from the Canary Islands Socialist Parliamentary Group (PSC-PSOE).

Local Holiday:

  • 3 May, Day of the Cross: Only a select few municipalities celebrate this day. In Tenerife, for example, the capital city sees its boulevards adorned with dozens of crosses decorated with flowers and fruits. Puerto de la Cruz and Los Realejos in the north also partake in the celebrations, with Los Realejos known for its spectacular fireworks display. This display, one of the most impressive in Europe and recognized as a National Tourist Interest event, sees the city’s two main streets, Calle del Medio and Calle del Sol, compete in a fireworks showdown lasting over three hours.

Thus, in the municipalities observing this festivity, residents can look forward to a long weekend, as the celebration aligns with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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