Feast Day Of St Isidore

Saint Isidore the Farmer, also sometimes known as Saint Isidore the Farm Laborer, was a Spanish farmworker known for his reverence towards animals and the poor. In the Catholic tradition, he is the patron saint of Madrid, farmers, and day laborers. He is also the patron saint of Chile and Spain.

He is also the central figure of the Feast Day of St. Isidore, observed on May 15th around the world, especially in Spain. Because it’s a municipal holiday in Spain, many schools and banks are closed on this day, and some businesses will have reduced operating hours.

About Isidore the Laborer

Isidore was born in the year 1080 in Madrid, Spain, to devout but extremely poor parents. He was christened Isidore after his parents’ patron: Saint Isidore of Seville. He would go on to spend his life as a hired hand for Juan de Vargas—a wealthy Madrilenian landowner. He made a point of sharing what he had, even his meals, with those less fortunate than himself.

He would eventually work himself up from being a laborer to being a bailiff of Lower Caramanca. On May 15, 1130, at the age of 59, Isidore died in Madrid. On May 2, 1619, he was Beatified by Pope Paul V, and on March 12, 1622, he was Canonized by Pope Gregory XV.

Observing The Feast Day Of St. Isidore In Spain

In Spain, it’s traditional for the faithful to visit Madrid on a pilgrimage to San Isidro’s meadow and to observe this feast day by drinking the water from his fountain in the hermitage’s patio.

It’s also a day when there’s a huge fiesta in Madrid that begins on the Friday before the 15th and lasts until the Sunday following it. People dress in Madrid’s regional attire, enjoy the fiesta at Plaza Mayor, and visit various concerts. There is also plenty of food, singing, and dancing during this 9-day celebration.

Where is it celebrated?
Spain (Local holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
May 15 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
May 15 Thursday
Last year (2023)
May 15 Monday