today we are going to explore Spanish Christmas tradition.
Spain is a deeply religious country, Christmas season begins December 8th with the Immaculate Conception Day. Christmas Eve is called Nochebuena or “the Good Night”. A large number of Spanish go to ‘La Misa Del Gallo’ (The Mass of the Rooster) at Midnight, so called because a rooster is supposed to have crowed the night that Jesus was born. During this night family members gather together to feast around the Nativity scene which is a must do in nearly every home. The Spanish Christmas is Navidad.
Traditionally, Spanish people have the famous ‘Pavo Trufado de Navidad’ for Christmas dinner which is Turkey stuffed with truffle. In Galicia (a region by the sea) the most popular meal for Christmas Eve and for Christmas Day is seafood, from shellfish and mollusks, to lobster and small edible crabs.
New Year’s Eve is known as ‘Nochevieja’ or ‘The Old Night’. According to a special tradition you have to eat 12 grapes together with the 12 strokes of the clock at Midnight! Each grape represents a month of the coming year, so if you eat the twelve grapes, you are said to be lucky in the new year.
Children have some presents on Christmas Day, but most are opened at Epiphany or Kings’ Day on 6th January which celebrates when the 3 Kings brought gifts to Jesus. Children write letters to the Kings on 26th December, asking for toys and presents. If the children have been bad, the Kings might leave pieces of coal made out of sugar as presents!
¡Feliz Navidad y próspero año nuevo!
Advent calendar Calendario de Adviento
Christmas carol Villancicos navideño
Christmas present Regalo de Navidad
Christmas tree Árbol de Navidad
Happy Holidays! ¡Felicidades!
Merry Christmas! ¡Feliz Navidad!
New Year’s Day Año nuevo
New Year’s Eve Noche vieja
Santa Claus Papá Noel
snowball Bola de nieve
snowman Muñeco de nieve