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SAN JOSE

When is San Jose in 2018?

San Jose in 2018 is on the Monday, 19th of Mar (3/19/2018).

San Jose is on the 78th day of 2018. There are 287 days left in the year.

San Jose Facts

  • Date: Mar 19, 2018
  • National (Many countries)
  • Also Called: Fallas de San Jose, Fallas de Valencia
  • Celebrations: Parades, Fireworks, Offering flower to the God
San Jose iImage Credit: wikiPedia

Fiestas are an integral part of Spanish life, and a great way to experience the country's rich and colorful culture. Many of us may be familiar with the Tomatina Festival or the Running of the Bulls at Pamplona, also a well-known festival which is a wonderful sight is the Fallas de San Jose, celebrated in Valencia marking the beginning of springtime. It is usually between the 15th and 19th March, and is the experience of a lifetime.

The origins are fascinating - it began with carpenters in the Middle Ages who would use a plank of wood called a Parot, to support their candles as they worked through the dark winter months. At the end of the cold winter, these planks would be burnt as a celebration. People began putting clothing on the Parots, and then identifying them with local personalities. These clothed planks of wood eventually became huge figures called Ninots, made of cardboard, wood, polyurethane, Styrofoam, cork, plaster and papier mache, which are burnt in the modern incarnation of the festival. In order to keep festivities under control, an understandably difficult task, the authorities reworked the festival as a celebration of St. Jospeh, the patron saint of carpenters.

Today, preparation begins months in advance, with well-organized committees raising finances to build magnificent figures 20 m high. There is even a particular area of the town dedicated to artists building the Fallas, which are often satirical lampoons of politicians and celebrities, but can also be anything from Disney figures to spacecraft. The Ninots are smaller wood figures surrounding the main statue in installations which are paraded around on the streets accompanied by crowds singing and dancing, deafening music, bullfights, and spectacular fireworks. These parades start as early as 8 am, and often carry on almost around the clock, with special firework displays, Mascletas, at 2 pm and midnight. On 17th March, at the Plaza Virgen, thousands of women from the Falla committees gather to add flowers to a wooden frame with two heads, representing the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus. The flower offering continues till the next day, and each night is celebrated with a great enthusiasm. The final night, the Gran Crema burning on 19th March, the Nit de Foc, is strangely solemn, and formally marks the end of the celebrations on St. Joseph's Day. All the Fallas and Ninots are stuffed with firecrackers and set alight in a stunning display, and the entire city of Valencia is lit with a deep orange glow throughout the night.

The festivities end, but only with the promise of returning the following year in even greater splendor and prosperity.

San Jose Observances

DAY
DATE
HOLIDAY NAME
  • Thu
  • Mar 19, 2009
  • Fri
  • Mar 19, 2010
  • Sat
  • Mar 19, 2011
  • Mon
  • Mar 19, 2012
  • Tue
  • Mar 19, 2013
  • Wed
  • Mar 19, 2014
  • Thu
  • Mar 19, 2015
  • Sat
  • Mar 19, 2016

List of National and Regional Public Holidays of Spain in 2018

DAYDATEHOLIDAY
MondayMonJan 01, 2018Jan 01New Year's Day
SaturdaySatJan 06, 2018Jan 06Epiphany
MondayMonMar 19, 2018Mar 19San Jose (Many Regions)
ThursdayThuMar 29, 2018Mar 29Maundy Thursday (Many Regions)
FridayFriMar 30, 2018Mar 30Good Friday
MondayMonApr 02, 2018Apr 02Easter Monday (Many Regions)
TuesdayTueMay 01, 2018May 01Labor Day
WednesdayWedAug 15, 2018Aug 15Assumption Day
FridayFriOct 12, 2018Oct 12Hispanic Day
ThursdayThuNov 01, 2018Nov 01All Saints Day
ThursdayThuDec 06, 2018Dec 06Constitution Day
SaturdaySatDec 08, 2018Dec 08Immaculate Conception Day
TuesdayTueDec 25, 2018Dec 25Christmas Day
WednesdayWedDec 26, 2018Dec 26St. Stephen's Day (Many Regions)