In Spain Christmas begins with a fest of the Immaculate Conception. Christmas Eve is known as Nochebuena or The Good Night, where people lit small oil lamps, as the stars begin to appear on the sky. Kids in Spain receive Christmas gifts on 6th of January, from the three wise men. The night prior to this, they fill up their shoes with straw, barley, carrots etc and leave them outside for the wise men’s camels and horses.
- Traditional Spanish Christmas begins on December 22nd when big lottery draw takes place. Also great festivities are marked on the day of Christmas Eve or ‘Nochebuena’, when tiny oil lamps are lighted at each household, followed by the midnight mass service held at the nearby churches. The Christmas Eve merriment is interrupted at midnight by the ringing of bells where all the families attend “La Misa Del Gallo” or ‘Rooster’s Mass’.
- Different traditional Spanish Christmas foods like ‘Mazapan’, ‘Turron’, ‘Alicante’ and ‘Polvorones’ are served as Christmas dinner dishes and enjoyed as a sumptuous family meal. Traditional Spanish Christmas celebrations are marked by “Hogueras”, an ancient custom of practicing bon fires and “Nacimiento” or enactment of nativity scenes.
- According to the Spanish Christmas tradition, Christmas Day is usually spent at church. On 8th of December ever year, ‘Immaculada’ is celebrated followed by ‘San Esteban’ on 26th December, ‘Día de los Santos Inocentes’ on December 28th and ending with Epiphany on 6th of January. Traditional Christmas in Spain is witnessed by many fascinating events like ‘El Gordo’, arrangement of ‘Caganer’ in the city of Barcelona and various fun filled activities in the capital city of Madrid. Thus, the Spanish Christmas tradition is full of umpteen joys and revelries.
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