Easter in Spain

Easter is one of the most important and deep-rooted celebrations in Spain. Each region and place in Spain live these days in a religious and festive way. The streets of many  cities, towns and villages become the stage for religious fervour and devotion. Music, art and colour come together in magical processions – solemn parades in which crowds of people accompany religious images on their route through the towns.

Spain its one of the favourite destination for many European travellers who  come and share this celebration with us. English, Italian, Germans, Finns, Irish, French and Swedish are the nationalities that prefer Spain for their Easter Holidays. Barcelona is the most visited city, followed by Madrid and Seville.

Don’t forget to visit another places in Spain with their special Easter week too.

The sober atmosphere in LeónZamoraSalamanca and Valladolid processions.

The Tamborada (drum-playing)  in Hellín (Albacete province).

Experience intense moments like those in Cartagena, Easter week in Lorca, Cuenca or Elche processions.

These are just some of the endless options. Come and discover these unique, truly Spanish traditions. They are real signs of Spanish identity and display an extraordinary cultural wealth that will live on in your memory forever.

La Semana Santa en España

La Semana Santa es una de nuestras celebraciones más arraigadas, se celebra en todas las regiones españolas según su historia y tradiciones.

Se han publicado algunos análisis para saber las tendencias de los viajeros en estas fechas:

  • Los españoles se decantan por las ciudades con gran tradición religiosa en Semana Santa como lo son Sevilla,  Málaga o Granada. Pero no se olvidan de los destinos de playas y las capitales Madrid y Barcelona.
  • Los viajeros Europeos también eligen España como uno de los destinos más buscados. Las nacionalidades que más buscan destinos españoles son ingleses, italianos, alemanes, finlandeses, irlandeses, franceses y suecos. Entre los destinos nacionales, Barcelona es la ciudad más buscada por los europeos para viajar en Semana Santa, seguida por Madrid y Sevilla.

En España hay otras muchas regiones que también celebran la Semana Santa, que no hay que perderse como LeónZamoraSalamanca y Valladolid, llenas de sobriedad.

En la provincia de Albacete, el momento cumbre de la Semana Santa de Hellín, es la Tamborada, cuando el sonido de los tambores irrumpe en el lugar.

En Cartagena, cantando en honor a la Virgen. La Semana Santa de Lorca , CuencaElche, …

Las opciones se multiplican por toda España donde se pueden descubrir tradiciones únicas y propias de nuestra riqueza cultural, que le dejarán para siempre un recuerdo inolvidable.

SPANISH CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

Christmas time its almost here, can you feel the excitement that accompanies it?

From approximately the beginning of December, the homes and streets of Spain are filled with decorative elements that remind us that the holidays are near. You will see a large number of lights that decorate the streets of the towns and cities.

Belen in SpainThe traditional Christmas decoration in Spain is the ‘belén’ or nativity scene. Most towns and villages has its own belen. The Christmas tree has also become widely popular and you can find it all around Spain too.

 

Our Christmas sweets are the main seasonal staple. El turrón, nougat, is essential.Las figuras de mazapán, marzipan figurines, are also popular, together with los polvorones, soft crumbly cakes made with lard, flour and cinammon. You can find also the Roscón de Reyes (a ring shaped cake), which we will enjoy for breakfast the “Three Kings ” morning.

We have a peculiar and unofficial start on Dec 22nd when we have the most followed Spanish lottery called: Lotería de Navidad. This day you know the Christmas time is here.

Then we have Christmas Eve Dec. 24th (Nochebuena in Spanish), which is a family celebration . Many Christian also attend the Misa del Gallo, a mass service offered at midnight on the 24th . Children will often only receive a small gift as ‘Papa Noel’ (Santa Claus) is less popular than the Three Kings who arrive on 5th January with presents for all the children.

In some parts of Spain, you can find other types of traditional figures that also make appearances on Christmas Day, figures that can be considered natives to the region in contrast to the more recent arrival of Papa Noel.

Shortly after Christmas day on December 28th there is another curious celebration unique to Spain called ‘The Day of the Innocents.’ The word inocente in Spanish can also mean simple or naïve, and this day in Spain is celebrated in much the same way as April Fool’s Day is in other cultures, meaning Dec. 28th is a day to
watch out for tricks or “inocentadas”.

While Christmas Eve is a family celebration, New Year’s Eve (called Nochebuena in Spanish) is a time for partying with friends. We have the tradition of eating 12 grapes for good luck at midnight, one for each month of the year. And soon after midnight, parties rage all over, showing no signs of dissipating until the early hours of the morning.

For Spanish children, the best days of the festive season have to be the 5th and 6th of January. On the previous evening, January 5th parades roll through town in which the Reyes Magos (three kings) and their pages shower candy over the children. The following morning is the feast day of the epiphany, when the Three Kings will traditionally arrive from the east to leave gifts for the well-behaved.

On January 7th we must go back to work, to the office or to school, exhausted after this eventful time of year which is so special.