La Semana Blanca, what is it?
As you might already had noticed, Spain is a country with a lot of traditions and holy days that need to be celebrated. Each province and region in Spain has their own traditions and celebrations. One of the many in Andalucia is ‘La Semana Blanca’…
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La Semana Blanca is a celebration only celebrated in some parts of Andalucia, including Málaga. During this ‘Semana Blanca’ the majority of the schools are closed for a week to compensate the number of free days compared to the rest of Spain.
Yes, compensate. Every province or region in Spain has their own traditions and festivities for which students receive a few days off to celebrate the traditions themselves. One of the most famous and highly valued celebration in Málaga is the ‘Fería’. This holy week is celebrated in August which means that the schools are not open during this period anyway. Since they do want to give each student an equal amount of free days, they celebrate ‘la Semana Blanca’ in Málaga.
But what exactly do we celebrate during this White Week? Well, La Semana Blanca takes place in the last week of February and it is sometimes combined with the first week of March. The reason for this particular week of the year is that it is combined with ‘Día de Andalucía’ each year at February 28, a historical day for Andalucia. At this day they commemorate the referendum of 1980, where they announced the Independence of Andalucia. The background of this day has a very rich industry. So by celebrating this day in one whole week, each student in Spain has approximately an equal amount of free days.