2Las Navidades = Christmas Period The Christmas period in Spain goes on from about the 13th December until the 6th January.During all this period all the shops continue to have their Christmas decorations, TV adverts are still about Christmas, and the atmosphere everywhere is that the festivities continue
3el 13 de DiciembreIt is Saint Lucia’s day and it signals the start of the Christmas periodTraditional Christmas markets are set up, where you can buy Christmas trees, holly, misletoe, all that you need to decorate the Christmas tree, the house and to make the all important Nativity Scenes.
15El Belén = Nativity Scene This is traditionally the most important decoration in houses and towns.They try to recreate the life in villages at the time when Jesus was born, although scenes are not always true as imagination can run riot.
16El Belén en casa = Nativity scenes in the house The sizes of these nativity scenes can vary enormously.Families can compete to see who makes the best, most intricate, most lavish, biggest, brightest ones
28El CaganerA MUST - In some regions in Spain it is traditional to put the figure of a man crouching and with his trousers down as he is doing his necessities.It is thought that if this figure is present in the Nativity Scene it will bring good luck
45Each ticket costs about £35 There are 66,000 numbers and each number is repeated 1,900 timesIndividuals, companies, shops …. all buy tickets and either give shares in that number as a present or they sell them – In this way people will end up with several tens of numbers thus increasing their chance to win
46El lote de Navidad = Christmas Hamper Traditionally every employer gives each employee a hamper, varying in contents and sizes
64el 31 de diciembre La Nochevieja = New Year’s Eve Many people see the New Year at home and then go out to partiesSome will go out to restaurants or discos and see the new year thereWHEREVER………..
65They will eat 12 grapes (one per chime) to bring them good luck and then have a toast with “cava” - sparkling wine produced in Spain
66¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Happy New Year! The whole family gathers to celebrate the New Year
67Los Reyes Magos = The Three Kings Traditionally, once the Christmas festivities are over people can concentrate on present buying.On the 6th of January we give presents to remember that The Three Kings gave presents to Baby Jesus.
68Stores enlist the presence of the Three Kings so that children can give them their letters. The Three Kings will bring the children the presents for which they ask.
71El 5 de enero La cabalgata de Los Reyes Magos = The procession of the Three Kings
72There is a procession in each town It signifies that The Three Kings have arrived in town from Orient loaded with the toys the children have asked for.They also throw loads of sweets to the expecting children
83El 6 de enero ¡Feliz Día de Reyes! Happy Epiphany! Children wake up to presentsThey will also have sweets if they have been good and coal if they have been badThey will then go round to extended family to give and receive more presents
85Families will gather to celebrate the day with a meal The traditional Three Kings ring will be eaten for dessertInside there is a figure of a king and a bean. Whoever gets the figure will have good luck but whoever gets the bean will have bad luck