Christmas celebration in Spain is unique. The first experience you will get that Christmas in Spain is not a huge festival like the western countries. Rather the Christmas celebration have a very homely touch. Christmas trees are decorated in every home. Another thing is common in every houses that intricate, miniature of nativity scenes known as Beléne which depicts life in the village where Jesus was born. The Belén always include the baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph as well as the Three Kings, Balthazar, Melchior and Gaspar.
Christmas celebration in Spain is not only celebrated in one day but the through whole month of December and the first week of January.
December 8th - This is the public holiday of Immaculada which marks the beginning of the Christmas celebrations. 21st December – Its day of the winter solstice and they celebrate the day through bonfire.
22nd December – This is particularly lottery day in Spain. There are lot of prizes given on that day.
24th December – Nochebuena, Spanish version of Christmas Eve, means goodnight. It is the most important family gathering of the year. Everybody returns home to enjoy a meal with the family. The typical Spanish Christmas meal includes prawn starters followed by roast lamb and ended with Christmas sweet called turrón which is a nougat made of toasted sweet almonds and of course with Spanish wine.
25th December – Christmas day is quite calm in Spain. The main present giving ritual is on 6th January.
28th December - This is the day of Santos Inocentes (Holy Innocents) and it is something like the April fool day. People day practical jocks and pranks on others.
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