3Es el 1 de enero.There are many traditions in other countries that differ from those we know. One such New Year’s Eve tradition in Spain is to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight on the 31st. (Read more about New Year’s traditions.)
4Es el 6 de enero.Children in Spain typically receive their Christmas gifts from Los Reyes Magos on January 6. (Read more about Christmas traditions.)
5Es el 14 de febrero.Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Spain much like it is in the United States. In Latin American countries, it is often times referred to as El Día de la Amistad —the day of friendship.
6Es el 5 de mayo.You may remember from Unit 1 that on May 5, the French army was defeated by the Mexican army in the Mexican state of Puebla. (Read more about Cinco de mayo.)
7Es el 4 de julio.Though this is not a special day for Spain, many hispanos celebrate this day in the United States.
8Es el 12 de octubre.This is Spain’s National Holiday. It is recognized in our calendar as Columbus Day and in Latin America as El Día de La Raza. Do you know what happened on this day? (Read more about October 12 here.)
9Es el 2 de noviembre.The Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 2 in Spain and many Latin American countries. It is most closely related to our Memorial Day and is a day when those who have already passed are honored. (Read more about Day of the Dead traditions.)
10Es el 25 de diciembre.La Navidad in Spain is a very special holiday. On the 24th, la Nochebuena, a special meal is eaten at midnight and there are nativity scenes throughout the cities. (Read more about Christmas traditions.)