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La Immaculada 2024 public holiday

Día de la Inmaculada Concepción - Immaculate Conception

Event date:
Sunday 8th December 2024

Event location:
Barcelona and Spain

'Día de la Inmaculada Concepción' - the Day or Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Maria. The Immaculate Conception is the belief that the Virgin Mary was free of original sin from the moment of her conception. It is one of the four Marian dogmas of the Catholic Church.

This is a public holiday in all Spain and signals the start of Christmas celebrations.

This is often one of the special Christmas shopping days in Barcelona so big stores like Corte Ingles department stores and Barcelona shopping malls might be open for Christmas shopping.

La Inmaculada is not celebrated with any special events in Barcelona. La Immaculada holiday is just two days after the holiday of Dia de la Constitucion on 6th December, so many people enjoy a long weekend and the ski stations near Barcelona and in Andorra aim to open for the start of a new skiing season.

It is common in Spain to take the day off in between a public holiday (dia festivo) and the weekend if the public/bank holiday is on a Tuesday or Thursday.

In Spain this is called 'to make a bridge' or 'hacer puente' in Spanish. Puente weekends in Barcelona cause a huge exodus from the city, so expect long traffic delays leaving and returning to Barcelona.

Catalonia is an autonomous province of Spain, which means that there are also some autonomous regional holidays just for Barcelona and Catalonia.

Are shops open? 

Shops can usually choose to open for Christmas shopping

In the center of Barcelona restaurants and tourist shops open on public and tours. Tourist attractions and museums operate normally.

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