3 Es 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.)
4 Es el 6 de enero.Children in Spain typically receive their Christmas gifts from Los Reyes Magos on January 6. (Read more about Christmas traditions.)
5 Es 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.
6 Es 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.)
7 Es el 4 de julio.Though this is not a special day for Spain, many hispanos celebrate this day in the United States.
8 Es 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.)
9 Es 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.)
10 Es 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.)