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Bank Holidays in Murcia this year include:

6 December (Tuesday): The Constitution.

8 December (Thursday): Immaculate Conception.

26th December (Monday): Christmas Day is moved from Sunday to Monday

But what are they for??

The 1978 Constitution, approved by the Spanish people in a referendum held on 6 December, came into force on 29 December of the same year.

On 6 December, Spain celebrates Constitution Day, a bank holiday that pays tribute to the Magna Carta of all Spaniards, which sets out their rights and duties, freedoms, the organisation of the State and all the constitutional guarantees.

The dogma of the Immaculate Conception, also known as the Immaculate Conception, is a Catholic belief that holds that Mary, the mother of Jesus, unlike all other human beings, was not affected by original sin but, from the first moment of her conception, was free from all sin.

During the 8th of December each year, the Day of the Immaculate Conception becomes one of the most important religious traditions in much of the world, as it commemorates the moment when the Virgin Mary is chosen to carry Jesus Christ in her womb.

Monday 26 December will be a public holiday to compensate for the fact that Christmas Day falls on a Sunday.

In England it is the annual custom to celebrate the day after Christmas on the 26th December as a public holiday in addition to Christmas Day on the 25th December. The 26th is known as Boxing Day.

The United Kingdom and Ireland are not the only countries that celebrate Boxing Day, but also those that have some historical connection with them. The main examples are Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. It can also be seen in Hong Kong and other Commonwealth countries.

Boxing Day is celebrated on 26th December in Britain and countries related to the British Empire and is a day when gift-giving to the poor is encouraged.

The history usually dates back to Victorian times, when churches would open the box into which their parishioners had been putting their donations. This money was distributed to the poorest of the poor. Today there are still a few churches that still open their boxes on Boxing Day.

In Britain the rich gave the 26th as a day off for servants to visit their families, as they had to serve on Christmas Day.  On being allowed to go home, each servant was given a box containing gifts, bonuses and sometimes leftover food.

In England today, 26th December is a day when families gather together to continue their Christmas celebrations. The Boxing Day meal is usually based on small buffet-style snacks or leftovers from the Christmas meal. Baked ham (baked ham) and mince pies (fruit tarts) are two of the typical Boxing Day dishes.