This Wednesday 12th October it’s a holiday in Spain.
The day Colombus discovered America and also the day in which the virgin appeared on top of a pillar – el día del Pilar, my Saint’s day!
So, many people will take Monday and Tuesday off to, thus creating a “bridge” between Sunday and Wednesday, during which they can take time off.
The “puentes” (literally, bridges) are those periods of time when a festive day during the week allows for other days to be taken off.
Happy bridge to all of those in Spain!
4 thoughts on “P is for Puente”
Well, Well, some people do it longer! like an a aqueduct
Like the aqueduct in Segovia!
Soon the “puentes” might become a thing of the past. Mariano Rajoy, the new Spanish president will abolish the very Spanish tradition of “puentes” and move holidays to Mondays (very much like the English “bank holidays”)… I weep already.
If you speak Spanish, see this article
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Rajoy also mentions his intentions of bringing women’s salaries in line with men’s – if only that were as easy as moving a holiday to a Monday!
Spain without its “puentes” will be strange…