Posts Tagged ‘Spanish Traditions’

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Traditions for Lovers in Spain Throughout the Year

On February 14, Valentine’s Day is celebrated around the world, but obviously it is not the only day of the year when couples can show each other how they feel. Throughout the year there are various traditions and customs for love and lovers which also have special days or moments dedicated to them in Spain. Take a look at some of the most well-known celebrations.

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Sweet Treats for All Saints’ Day

All Saints’ Day, is celebrated on the night of October 31 and all day November 1. It is a Christian festival that has become more famous in recent years because of its US variant with costumes and music. However, the more classic version of the holiday continues to triumph in many places, Spain being one of them.

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Spanish Halloween

Every year in Spain the controversy is rekindled and we argue about whether Halloween is an “imported” holiday or not and about how “disrespectful and sinister” it is. But if we take a closer look, we can see that there are traditions in Spain that may just rival this “dark festival.” Let’s take a look at a few examples.

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Festivals in and around Madrid

Madrid is split into different barrios (districts) and given that each one has its own fiesta celebrations at different times of the year, you will never be bored in Madrid. You will also find other places outside of Madrid city centre, which have their own festival traditions. Each place will have a time to shine during the year when it’s their turn to host a “fiesta”. Let’s have a look through the Madrid calendar and see what the city and the surrounding area have to offer.

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The Malaga Fair 2013

La Feria de Malaga, or the Malaga fair, takes place every year during the month of August to commemorate the taking of the city by the Catholic Monarchs on the 18 August 1487 during the Reconquista.

The festivities consist of 10 nights and 9 days of celebration starting on a Friday night, and kicking off with a magnificent firework display, and ending on a Sunday. Different events go on throughout the city during the feria, categorized mainly into “feria de noche” (night) and “feria de día” (day). The night time fair takes place at the big fairground on the edge of the city, and lasts from 9pm until sunrise. In true Spanish style, there is food, drinking, dancing and live music. Traditional flamenco outfits are worn and there is a very fun and happy atmosphere. There is also an impressive firework display every night.

In the day time, people take to the wonderfully decorated streets of the city centre, which are filled with colourful flags and paper lanterns. Continue reading…

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Christmas Decorations in Spain

Now that we are in December we can definitively say that Christmas is just around the corner. One of the first issues we might have when visiting Spain during the period between autumn and the beginning of winter is that in many places, especially supermarkets and department stores, the Christmas decorations have already been put up by mid-November. Fortunately, the different city councils are a little more Christmas minded and turn on the decorative street lights only when we reach December.

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I miss Spain because… (by Elaine Abonal)

–         …everything was in Spanish (of course!) and I spoke, breathed, and lived the Spanish culture and lifestyle. I went to the Enforex language schools in Salamanca, Valencia, and Sevilla (I’ve been to Spain 4 times) and had the BEST teachers! Enforex took care of us so well – from being picked up from the airport to organizing weekend trips to being transferred to our houses. I also met other students from different parts of the world and I always looked forward to going to class every day. Continue reading…

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Christmas in Spain: deepest traditions.

The beloved “most wonderful time of the year” is just around the corner and Spain, like other countries around the world, is getting into festive gear. Twinkling lights adorn city streets and store fronts, vendors sell roasted chestnuts on street corners, hundreds of people sift through trinkets and decorations at the numerous Christmas markets, elaborate Nativity scenes are erected in open spaces and, trust us, there’s nothing like wrapping your hands around a steaming cup of café con leche on a chilly winter day. Shops are packed with Christmas shoppers, the atmosphere is alive with cheer and you can see the exhilarated excitement in children’s faces as they wonder what gifts await them. Continue reading…

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Halloween in Spain

Halloween is a tradition that dates back over one hundred years that has since evolved into the present-day celebration that we all know, one that is strongly tied to the mass consumption of prank items and grotesque, terrifying accessories. Continue reading…

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