The Origin of the Spanish Nativity Scene

Spanish culture, Spanish traditions | December 4, 2012 | No comments
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The Differences between All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day in Spain

Spanish culture, Spanish traditions | October 29, 2012 | No comments

November is very nearly upon us and with it comes two Spanish traditions which, paradoxically, have been confused for many years by those who celebrate them: All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.

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Things you didn’t know about the discovery of America

Spanish culture, Spanish traditions | October 8, 2012 | No comments

The 12th of October it is the celebration of the “Hispanic World Day”. As the readers sure know, it is quite a controversial celebration. “Is it a celebration of brotherhood between cultures that share a common root, or the celebration of a spoliation that lasted until the independence of the American countries in the XIX century?” Today, it is a ticklish subject to the point that what was called the “Day of the race” is now denominated in some countries the “Day of the Indigenous Resistance”. What’s clear is that the whole thing started when that Genovese sailor (or Catalan, or Portuguese, depending on the source we resort to) set foot on a Caribbean island thinking that he had arrived to India. Or at least that’s what we were taught at school. Nevertheless, there are some details of the historic event that haven’t been told. We will now go through a few… you get to judge the discoveries.

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Madrid and Eurovegas

Madrid, News | September 27, 2012 | No comments

It is undoubtedly one of the most controversial projects in which the Comunidad de Madrid has embarked: the construction of the European subsidiary of the world capital of gambling.

The public opinion is divided: some believe that it will be a good lure for Madrid and that, given the present crisis, it would be of help in terms of jobs; on the other side are those who think that it is a bad investment, that it won’t solve the unemployment problem in Spain, and that it will aggravate problems like urban corruption, organized delinquency or labour exploitation.

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Why do we like the Tomatina?

Spanish culture, Spanish traditions, valencia | August 1, 2012 | No comments

The last Wednesday of August the Tomatina is celebrated once again, a modern tradition known to all that consists in a tomato fight in Buñol, near Valencia: a fiesta that was born because of a prosecution of a gang of youngsters that ended up in battle royal around 1945.

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Some question around San Fermín

Spanish culture, Spanish traditions | July 6, 2012 | No comments

The celebration of San Fermin is famous worldwide. There is no traveller that deserves such name that hasn’t lived a running of the bulls. Nevertheless, there are some questions about this festivity that we must clarify so that the visitor can better appreciate what takes place in Pamplona from the 7th of July on.
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Alicante, Saint John and the Bonfires

Alicante, Spanish culture, Spanish traditions | June 12, 2012 | No comments

The next 24th of June, at night, Alicante dresses up in full regalia and fire. The city celebrates the feast of its Bonfires: an event that has often been unfairly considered as the “smaller version” of the Fallas. There is fire, spectacle, sculptures… even the use of the same terms as “plantá” (when the Bonfires are prepared), “mascletá” (daily fireworks show), or “cremá” (the night when the sculptures burn). To a newcomer’s eyes, the celebrations in Valencia and Alicante could seem to be the same thing, but between the two celebrations there are more differences than it seems at first sight.
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May festivities in Madrid

Madrid, Spanish culture, Spanish traditions | April 30, 2012 | No comments

When a new visitor arrives to Madrid, he is often surprised when he finds out that there are two festivities in the city which are very close together in the month of May: barely two weeks separate the 2nd (day of the Community of Madrid) and the 15th (San Isidro’s day). What’s the difference between them?
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The April Fair (Sevilla)

Andalusia, Spanish culture, Spanish traditions | April 26, 2012 | No comments

These days takes place in Sevilla the very famous April Fair: one of the most renowned and recognizable festive celebrations of the Andalusian and Spanish folklore. Colorful, lively and “authentic”, it has become the expression of the way of life in the south of Spain.
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Strange Spanish Semana Santa Traditions

Spanish culture, Spanish traditions | March 30, 2012 | No comments

Semana Santa is celebrated by the whole of Spain, but in no two places is it celebrated in the same way. They all revolve around the Catholic tradition, but many Spanish regions have their own rituals and differences in comparison to others. They all include processions, piercing chants and penitents clothing, but there are other places where Semana Santa is celebrated in a curious manner. We are going to take a look at some examples.

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