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Easter in Spain Posted by on Apr 15, 2015

¡Buenos días! In late March-early April, we always celebrate Easter in Spain. However, the way in which people celebrate this time of the year differs from one region of the country to another. You probably remember we call these holidays Semana Santa and Pascua, both of which have religious roots. There are of course similarities…

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“No es serio este cementerio”, a funny song for All Hallow´s Eve. Posted by on Oct 30, 2014

All Hallows’ Eve is coming, and year after year I try to share with you some of our traditions for this night and the days after it: All Saint’s day (1st November) and the Day of the Dead (2nd November). Ghosts stories and legends are told at night (read “The Spirits´Mountain”, by Gustavo Adolfo Becquer…

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Felipe VI, Spain´s new king Posted by on Jun 26, 2014

¡Muy buenas! Estoy segura de que habréis leído sobre las últimas noticias de España: el hecho de que la “Roja”, el equipo de fútbol nacional, ha vuelto a casa avergonzado (lo siento por los fans del fútbol, yo no soy una como podréis comprobar si leéis mi post “Sobreviviendo al mundial”) y la abdicación de…

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The Spanish Holy Week and its frightening garments: the origins of the “capirote”. Posted by on Apr 17, 2014

Había una vez una bloguera que comenzó a escribir sobre cultura española y a compartir cosas que pensaba podían ser interesantes para gente aprendiendo su idioma. Así que escribió sobre su ciudad, sobre dichos y refranes, literatura, a veces sobre cocina, y por supuesto sobre las distintas festividades de su país. Uno de sus posts…

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Spanish celebrations: the Fallas in Valencia Posted by on Apr 14, 2014

Cada año el final del invierno y la llegada de la primavera se celebran en Valencia con fogatas, fuegos artificiales y escenas muy coloridas en un festival conocido como las fallas. Falla significa antorcha, pero es también el nombre que se le da a las enormes figuras de papel maché que adornan la ciudad durante…

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Spanish traditions in St John’s night: the Galician queimada and its spell. Posted by on Jun 27, 2013

Hi all! Some days ago we welcome summer in this part of the world, and we also celebrated St John’s night (or witches’ night) burning good wishes and bad memories, washing our faces in rivers or natural springs to keep our beauty, and trying to find out our future using eggs (read more about all…

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Christmas lottery and the Children of San Ildefonso Posted by on Dec 20, 2012

If the world doesn’t end in December 21st (as some people say), most of us will be listening to a very famous group of children very early on Saturday morning: the children of San Ildefonso. Christmas traditions are full of delicious food and sweets such as nougat and mantecados (Christmas sweet made from flour, almonds…

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