Each country has along the year several celebrations which are not always similar to those of other countries. Apart from the special celebrations that one can find in Spain, there are also the traditional ones, which are celebrated in all the cultures of Christian origin.
Christmas, the celebration of Christ's birth, is one of the most important events in Spain and is celebrated here in a different way. The music which consists mainly of Christmas carols, acquires a street dimension in Andalusia and Extremadura.
On the night of 24 of December the Christmas Eve is celebrated, with a dinner in family where people eat turkey or some kind of fish prepared in the oven, and for the dessert, Spanish people use to eat 'turrones', which is a special type of nougat, wi
th nuts and almonds.
A Catalan custom related to Christmas is the one of the 'caga tio' which consists on putting a tree stump with sweets and presents, which the children beat, trying to get from it all the sweets inside.
The night of the 31st of December, the night of the end of the year, is called in Spain 'Nochevieja', the New Years' Eve. In Spain, when the bells ring to announce that it is twelve o'clock, people have to eat twelve beans of grapes, one at each ringing of the bells. The person who manages to eat all of them is supposed to be very lucky the next year.
Papa Noel or Santa Clause leaves his presents above the Christmas tree. But on the fifth of January, at night, the three Magic Kings arrive in peoples' houses. They are the three kings from the Orient: Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar, giving presents to children, who have written them some letters before.
The culminant moment in the liturgical calendar is the Resurrection, which marks the triumph of Jesus above the death and the promise of the eternal life. Its date is flexible. Both in Castilla-La Mancha, like in most parts of Castilla-Leon, Madrid, Andalusia, Pais Vasco, a doll called Judas is burnt on the Sunday of the Resurrection. The week before Easter is called the Saint Week (Semana Santa). During all this week, on all streets of Spain, there are religious processions.
One should never hesitate in spending one of these celebrations among Spanish people, because he or she will experience new customs and will be surprised to see how hospitable Spanish people are.
Spain and its Celebrations written by Cristina Nuta for FamousWhy.com
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