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TURRÓN: An almond based tablet in two versions, hard and soft. Currently there are a lot more versions ROSCÓN DE REYES: A cake that is traditionally eaten on January 6th.POLVORONES Y MANTECADOS: Soft crumbly Hidden inside the cakecakes made mainly of lard and flour there is a king figure, for the "winner" and a bean, for the "loser" MAZAPANES: Popular figurines made of almonds, sugar and eggs
According to the Spanish tradition, the Three Wise Kings are the ones who bring presents for all the children in the morning of January 6th. However, nowadays many families also follow the Father Chrismas tradition, on December 25th, because this way their children have more time to play with their toysAcAccordinttttt The Three Kings Parade on the evening of January 5th
In the morning of this daythe most famous lotterydraw, "El Gordo", takesplace.Almost everybody buyseither a number or fractionsand subfractions of differentnumbers, which increasesthe chances of a share in thewinning
● Children go from house to house ● New Years Eve dinner is not so familiar asking for money or sweets and and many people meet either at home they usually have to sing a or elsewhere to have a big dinner and Christmas Carol to get the prize. then eat the 12 lucky grapes,one at each This is called "pedir el aguinaldo" stroke of the bells at midnight, to secure 12 happy months in the coming year● Families gather to have dinner together (turkey, lamb leg or fish in the oven). There are always a lot of appetiziers like "jamón" and seafood. ● The traditions says that you must wear something RED on this night
La MISA DEL GALLO is a midnight masscelebrated on Chrismas Eve. It is a religioustradition for all the Spanish speakingcountries.This because a rooster is supposed to havecrowed the night that Jesus was born "EL DÍA DE LOS SANTOS INOCENTES"takes place on December 28th. It is equivalentto the Aprils Fool DayFIRECRACKERS: Just after the strokes forthe New Year, many people go out to thestreets to set off their firecrakers or fireworksOn January 6th, according to the tradition,bad kids may get coal instead of gifts. This factnever happens. However, some naughtychildren may get a piece of COAL CANDYtogether with their presents.
The traditional Christmas Carols_villancicos,as we called them_ are also very popular all around Spain. Some of them are just translatios of English versions Many others are typical Spanish or from Spanish speaking countries.In our region_Andalucía_ some of the most popular carols get a "flamenco"flavour or they have "flamenco" roots.There are many choirs that sing in benefit meetings where you can also getsome home made food and drink. This meeting is named ...after one of the seasonal musical instruments: La zambomba.Here you can see and hear some examples of this kind of "villancicos" Christmas Carols contest in Jerez Villancico rociero "Cantaba José"