6 typical Spanish Christmas traditions

Let's meet some of the 6 typical Spanish Christmas traditions. In this country Christmas is lived with special intensity, because there is much religious devotion that still remains in all its regions, and people enjoy the good atmosphere that is created in all the cities and towns of their geography.

With Christmas, the lottery arrives

Curiously, one of the greatest typical Christmas traditions in Spain takes place a few days before the official starting signal of these dates so marked. On December 22 there is the famous draw for the National Christmas Lottery, event that brings together thousands of families in front of the television to see if they have won any prize.

The draw for the National Christmas Lottery is characterized because it is televised by almost all national networks, its follow-up being huge, since the whole country is watching him.

In addition, the broadcast occupies practically all morning, the children of the traditional Colegio de San Ildefonso being in charge of removing the balls from the drums and sing the different awards.

Without a doubt, this is the event that marks the true beginning of the Christmas tradition in Spain. Virtually all the inhabitants of the country buy tickets to participate in the raffle, since even cultural associations use this raffle to raise funds.

Doña Manolita lottery administration, Madrid - Barcex /commons.wikimedia.org

Further, some lottery administrations have become authentic icons of this date noted. The Bruixa d'Or in the town of Sort, in Lleida, and Doña Manolita in Madrid stand out especially.

Good night

On the 24th and 25th there are also two dates indicated among the typical Spanish Christmas traditions. During Christmas Eve and Christmas Day the official beginning of these holidays is really marked.

On the one hand, we have the Christmas Eve, which is traditional family dinner. Brothers and parents who do not see each other in months stay that night to meet again and welcome Christmas in front of a large menu consisting of hors d'oeuvres, seafood and some strong main course such as turkey, lamb or piglet. There is also a lack of traditional Christmas sweets, such as marzipan or alfajores.

Christmas day

Christmas comes the next day, and it is traditional to eat all together. In the past, it was typical to do it at a family member's home, however, over time, many people choose to do so at a restaurant, so they are usually full and with full reservations several weeks before.

"I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it throughout the year."
-Charles Dickens-

New Years Eve

Subsequently, it arrives on December 31 and January 1. Among the typical Spanish Christmas traditions is welcoming the new year in style, so there are different activities carried out on New Year's Eve.

During New Year's Eve, many people choose to dine at home, together with the family, while others prefer to do it outside, in hotels, large halls and restaurants that organize parties and cocktails.

Puerta del Sol Clock on New Year's Eve - Eric Crama

Also, when they mark 12 o'clock at night, it is tradition to celebrate the first seconds of the new year by taking 12 grapes, which are consumed following the bells of the famous clock of the Puerta del Sol in Madrid, although in all cities there are some enabled for this purpose.

Many people, especially young people choose to go to the squares of towns and cities, like the aforementioned Puerta del Sol, from where they defy the cold night to welcome the new year in style with grapes, cava and cider.

New Year

New Year is celebrated on January 1. Among the typical Spanish Christmas traditions, is eating as a family this day, both inside the houses and in restaurants, to welcome the 365 days they arrive as they deserve, celebrating it.

King's Night

Among the typical Spanish Christmas traditions, is the Night of Kings, celebrated on January 5, being the 6th holiday in the whole country. It is a date especially marked by children, since the three wise men arrive loaded with toys.

Kings parade in Madrid - Carros de Foc / Flickr.com

During the night of January 5, horseback riding of Kings follow each other throughout the country, full of floats, animation and gifts for children and adults who come to enjoy this day.

Further, the typical sweet, known as roscón de Reyes, is consumed, with two hidden gifts, a figure and a dried bean. Who gets the first, will be the Christmas king. When the second one comes out, he will pay for the roscón.

Overnight, It is typical to leave milk, or food for horses and Magi, since they have the arduous task of bringing gifts to all the members of each Spanish family. However, this tradition loses ground in front of Santa Claus and the American influence, since January 6 is the last day of school vacations and children have little time to enjoy their toys.

Enjoy these typical Spanish Christmas traditions and live these dates with your family and friends in full happiness and harmony.