Posts Tagged ‘history’

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Phrases which only a Spanish grandmother would say

The richness of Spanish vocabulary and its great historical tradition have caused many popular expressions to fall into disuse. However, their popularity means that they are taught in practically every school and language center the world over.

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Halloween, Spanish Style

Only recently have we started celebrating Halloween in Spain. True: it is not an official holiday, and some people don’t like it because it is “imported” or “disrespectful to the dead;” but it is also very popular and it becomes more so every year. Continue reading…

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The Tenerife Carnival

Santa Cruz in Tenerife a city twinned with Río de Janeiro. Proof of this lies in its carnivals: as eye-catching, as spectacular, as tropical… and as sensual as the Brazilians’. Incidentally, by coincidence of history, Río was founded by a Jesuit from Tenerife, the father of José de Anchieta.
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A brief history of the Cadiz Carnival

This year from the 16th to the 26th of February Cadiz will dress itself up once again. The carnival begins and the residents are ready to enjoy themselves in a satirical mood. This year, due to the crisis, it will be done like never before, and given that the Cadiz carnival is a somewhat of a national treasure, the bar has been set very high for them.
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October 12th and Columbus Day

On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus arrived in America, perhaps he wasn’t the first European to do it (we all know the store about Vinland of the Vikings or the theory that attributes the discovery to an English sailor called Amerike) but the one we celebrate on this date is precisely the day that the small Spanish fleet arrived in Guanahani (San Salvador). Continue reading…

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