Although Christmas is a tradition that is very popular all over the world, it is celebrated in a very different way in each country.
In Spain, Christmas begins on the day of the Christmas Sweepstakes, a draw in which anyone who buys tickets can participate and millions of euros are drawn. Then comes Christmas Eve (24 December), Christmas Day (25 December) and St. Stephen’s Day, which is only celebrated in some areas of Spain on 26 December. These three days are, par excellence, days to dine and enjoy with the family.
The New Year’s Eve in Spain, also known as New Year’s Eve, is celebrated with the twelve bells that are accompanied by twelve lucky grapes. This tradition dates back to 1909 and is considered a ritual to begin the new year with good luck.
Christmas is over on January 6th, Three Kings’ Day. The night before, all the cities of Spain received the Three Wise Men in a cavalcade, where the children can greet and deliver their letters with the list of gifts they hope to receive to Their Majesties. At night, the Kings and their pages hand out their gifts to the homes of millions of children, who open them on the 6th as they wake up.
In Catalonia one of the most popular traditions is the tió: a trunk with eyes, nose, mouth and legs dressed in the typical Catalan barretina and sheltered with a blanket. During the days leading up to Christmas, the children feed the tió by giving him food to be more generous. When the day comes, the children beat the tió with sticks and presents for the children appear under the blanket.