Fia-Faia On 24th December, people from Bagà and St Julià, goto the top of a mountain carrying torches made fromdried grass and branches. We light the torches, godown the mountains to the village square and makebonfires. Young people jump over the bonfires.Afterwards, we dance around the fire and eat cakewith garlic sauce and sweet wine.
The “Tió” of ChristmasThe “Tió” is a log with legs. Children feed him. On 24th the December, parents hide presents under the Tió. Then the children hit the Tió with a stick in their house. After that the children look under the Tió and they think that the Tió gives presents.
Christmas Eve at Home• On Christmas Eve we celebrate the birth of Jesus. In Spain, we don’t eat a specific food, but usually at home we eat seafood and fish, and for dessert we eat “Turrón” a kind of nougat made from sugar and almonds
The Christmas Tree• In Spain, lots of people put a Christmas tree in their house to decorate it, and some people put presents under them like in another countries. It’s not a tradition here but a lot of people do it. Santa Claus is not a tradition here either, but he is becoming popular.
The CribMany people make acrib in their house tocelebrate the birth of Jesus. The basic crib has traditionalfigures, Jesus, VirgenMary, Joseph, the ox and the donkey. Some people makeenormous cribs withvillages, farms, shepherds, kings, rivers, bri dges and all kinds of figures
Christmas DayOn Christmas Day, thetypical food is a soup withbig pieces of pasta called“Galets”Then they have chicken orturkey with prunes andpine nutsFor dessert, people eat“polvorones” and“torrons” and drinkchampagne!
New Year’s EveIn Spain we celebrate the New Year on the night of31st December. We celebrate at home or in arestaurant with friends and our families . Thetradition is to eat 12 grapes at twelve o’clock, onegrape for every ring of the bells. It ‘s not easy but ifyou don’t do it, you have bad luck all year!!
The New Year CelebrationsAfter dinner, some people go out and they listen to thebells and eat grapes in the main square like in PlazaCatalunya in Barcelona. Afterwards, some people godancing to a disco but other people go to a house tocelebrate the New Year.
ESQUELLADA"The esquellada" is a childrens tradition in la Pobla deLillet on January 5th, the Eve of the Kings. Children call theKings to their homes by ringing cow bells because theywant them to bring presents.In the morning, they do a tour all over the village withtheir bells and sing a lot of carols. After that, all thepeople of the village eat cake and have hot chocolate
The Three KingsOn the evening beforethe 6th January, theKings arrive in everytown, city and villageof Spain bringingpresents for the goodchildren! Just as theybrought gifts to Jesusin Bethlehem! Badchildren get pieces ofcoal!
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR! BON NADAL I FELIÇ ANY NOU A TOTS!