La Navidad es una fiesta muy importante en España. En España, el día
tradicional para celebrar no es el 25 de diciembre, pero el Día de Reyes, que
es el 6 de enero. La noche antes de Día de Reyes es cuando los Reyes Magos
vienen a todas las casas y dejan los regalos a los niños.
Christmas in Spain is a huge celebration like other big celebrations in many other western
countries. The actions for Christmas gear up in mid-December and don’t stop until January 6,
which is the Three Kings Day. Spain has a chronological order of Christmas events since Christmas
in Spain plays a vital role in making people excited. In the Christmas season, there are some
important days, which are called ‘Noche Buena’-The Christmas Eve 24th, Navidad-The day of
Christmas 25th, Noche Vieja-December 31st and Three Kings Day-January 6th.
On the day of the Christmas Eve, known as
Noche Buena or “the Good Night”, family
members congregate to rejoice around the
Nativity scenes that are present in almost
every home. A Christmas treat in Spain is
turrón, which is a kind of Spanish candy that
bears resemble to nougats, made from
almonds and honey.
Picture 1: Christmas food on the day of Noche
Basically, on the day of Navidad, all the families gather together to have a great meal, while on the
day of Noche Vieja, most of the families enjoy themselves by going on vacation or having a big
party. Yet, it is quite difficult to go out and have dinner since public places such as museums and
several restaurants close on 24th, 25th and 31st.
The children of Spain may receive gifts on
Christmas. Children leave their shoes on the
windowsills filled with straw and carrots.
However, the traditional day for presents is 6th
January, Three Kings Day, when the three kings
bring gifts for the children. For Spanish children,
this is the most significant day of the year, for
Picture 2: Christmas Gifts
they believe that Los Reyes Magos (the Three Kings) have left gifts for them in their house. Their
favorite King is called Balthazar who rides a donkey and is the one believed to leave the gifts,
rather than Santa.
What is more, there are varieties of Christmas food in Spain. The food starts with a seafood dish,
such as salmon or prawns followed by chorizo with albourgine soup, which is a bowl of hot
homemade soup. The main meal generally contains roast shoulder of saffron lamb, and seafood
such as cod or shellfish. The Spanish normally enjoy eating these kinds of meals with friends and
family during Christmas. The dessert is normally turron (which is mentioned above) and a
marzipan dessert. Both desserts are made primarily with almond and honey.
Christmas in Spanish is a great festive time for the Spanish. It is the very special festival and
momentous for the children. Since it is very crucial for Spanish natives, they hold big celebrations
for a long time with diverse meals and parties.
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