Friday, January 05, 2007

disfrutando de los Reyes (Magos)

Aye, debería estar en España ahora mismo, disfrutando de la cabalgata... me encanta tantísimo el desfile del 5 de enero. Cuando la vida laboral ya ha empezado en el mundo anglosajón, el día 2 (o día 3, depende), las personas hispanoparlantes todavía están de vacaciones. Es más, se trata, a mi ver, de estar junto a buen@s amig@s, charlando y tomando una buena comida durante horas, etcétera. Pero, no puedo (aunque quiero, sin duda alguna) viajar más ahora (ya que estuve en Madrid durante algunos días en diciembre para asistir al Acto de Entrega de Titulos por la UC3M). Pero, así es.

An explanation of (part of) the Spanish Xmas copied below, click-thru to the URL for more,:

31st December - New Year's Eve is known as NocheVieja. It is a big celebration all over the country with street parties and special nights in hotels and clubs everywhere. Until midnight people tend to stay at home and on the stroke of midnight it is traditional to eat 12 grapes, one on each stroke of the clock to bring good luck for the new year. In Madrid and other main cities revellers congregate in the main square (Puerta del Sol in Madrid) and eat the grapes along with a celebratory bottle of cava then head out into the night until after sunrise.
1st January - A low key public holiday with plenty people sleeping off their excesses.

5th January - There are processions all over Spain this evening where sweets are thrown from the floats to all the people who come out to watch. Every town has its own variation such as in the Sierra Nevada where the Three Kings can be seen to ski down to the village.

6th January - This is the Feast of the Epiphany when the Three Kings arrived in Bethlehem. For Spanish children this is the most important day of the year when they wake up to find that Los Reyes Magos (the Three Kings) have left gifts for them in their house. Santa may leave them a token gift on 25th but the Three Kings are their favourites, especially Baltasar who rides a donkey and is the one believed to leave the gifts. During the day of 6th the Three Kings continue their good work and are seen distributing gifts to children in hospitals all over Spain.

7th January - The day after receiving their gifts children return to school, their parents go back to work and Christmas in Spain is all over for another year.

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