Specifically, next year there will be eight national holidays "not substitutable", celebrating half the week: January 1 (Tuesday), May 1 (Wednesday), August 15 (Thursday) and December 25 (Wednesday) and the rest on Friday or Saturday: March 29 (Friday), October 12 (Saturday), November 1 (Friday) and December 6 (Friday).

The Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, and announced that in 2013 "there are few holidays that fall during the week," recalling that, therefore, the calendar for the year "is ordered by itself, except in the case of a feast of regional nature. "

The eight national holidays are not substitutable January 1 (New Year), March 29 (Good Friday), May 1 (Labour Day), August 15 (Assumption), Oct. 12 (National Day of Spain), November 1 (All Saints Day), December 6 (Day of the Spanish Constitution and December 25 (Christmas).

In 2013 not added as a national holiday on December 8 (Immaculate Conception) to fall on a Sunday. So, on December 9 will holiday in Andalusia, Aragon, Asturias, Castilla y Leon Extremadura, Murcia, La Rioja and Ceuta.

Under the authority of regional governments to change certain parties, March 28 (Holy Thursday) will be festive in all regions, except in Catalonia and Valencia, while the March 19 (San Jose) will only be festive in Valencia, Murcia and Melilla.

Meanwhile, on July 25 (St. James) is a public holiday in Cantabria, Navarra and Basque Country. In addition, on January 7 (Monday after Epiphany) festival in the communities will be safe in the Balearics, Catalonia, Valencia, Galicia, the Basque Country and La Rioja.

Sáenz de Santamaría, and advanced yesterday that the Government expected to close by the end of the year an agreement with the social partners, the Episcopal Conference and the regions to move some of the bank holidays 2013 that fall during the week to Monday, which would imply a "reduction" so-called 'bridge' to do "more effective" work schedule.

At a press conference after the Council of Ministers, Saenz de Santamaria confirmed that negotiations are "three-way" to reach this agreement, mainly from the Ministry of Employment.

The Deputy Prime Minister said that these changes have entered as "orderly as possible", to which he added, will benefit the provision of bank holidays 2013 in the calendar for 2013.

This will allow work "in depth" in the agreement and to make "a draft reform," said the vice president, suggesting that any change would take effect for the 2014 business calendar.

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