Drawing of Don Quijote done in 1955 for Picasso

Vocabulary - Trips

In Traveling round Spain - Part III, you are going to learn new vocabulary discovering a little of the culture, the traditions and the gastronomy of Spain.


Traveling round Spain - Part III

Figure of castañolas of Spain

Culture, traditions and folklore

Spain is a country that it has preserved live through his traditions. Throughout the year and in the whole Spanish territory, all the cities and Spanish villages celebrate his biggest holidays, in honor of the boss of the locality. Many of the holidays and celebrations have had his origin in the religious tradition. Other celebrations, on the other hand, have a historical origin.
Fairs, religious celebrations, sit-ins and bullfights, these so different and varied declarations, are a clear sample of the wealth of the traditions and of the folklore that characterize the diversity of the country.

Holiday

In addition to the national holiday, the autonomous regions also celebrate a series of regional holiday.

For the year 2008 the following days are festive in the whole Spain:

  • On January 1: New year.
  • On January 6: Epiphany of the Gentleman
  • Variable date: On Holy Friday
  • Variable date: On Monday of Easter
  • On May 1: May Day
  • On August 15: Festivity of the Asunción of the Virgin
  • On October 12: Festivity of the Prop
  • On November 1: Festivity of All the Saints
  • On December 6: Day of the Constitution
  • On December 8: Festivity of the Blessed Virgin Concepcion
  • On December 25: Christmas

Gastronomy

It is difficult to sum up the whole wealth of the Spanish kitchen. The geography, the climate and the different civilizations have left his influence that has come until our days. In every region there can be tasted popular specialties of the house, delightful specialties accompanied by magnificent wines. The Spanish gastronomy is the history of a continuous exchange of cultures between the proper regions that shape the Iberian peninsula and a rich legacy of historical relation that during more than four hundred years Spain supported with the peoples of Latin America".

Vocabulary

traditions
Doctrines, customs, etc., preserved in a people for transmission of parents to children.

boss
Protector chosen by a people or gathering, either be a saint, either the Virgin or Jesus Christ.

fairs
Set of recreational facilities, like carousels, circuses, huts of shot to the target, etc., and of positions of sale of sweets and of bric-a-brac, which, on the occasion of certain holidays, are mounted in the populations.

sit-ins
Act of leading the bulls to shutting up in the bullpen.

bullfights
Holiday that consists of fighting certain number of bulls in a closed square.

folklore
Set of beliefs, customs, crafts, etc., traditional of a people.

holiday
Holiday of the Church or official.

Epiphany
Declaration, appearance. Festivity that celebrates the Church annually on January 6.

exchange
Action and effect of exchanging. To change between two or more persons or entities you design, reports, publications.

legacy
What is left or transmits the successors, is a material or immaterial thing.


Recommended linkage

  • www.spain.info
    He visits the official Portal of the Tourism of Spain - the only tool to organize his trip.
  • www.spainforyou.es
    It knows all the holidays, contests and events of cultural, popular or artistic interest that are celebrated in villages and cities of Spain.
  • www.visiteurope.com
    Portal of the European Commission of Tourism.
  • www.revistaiberica.com
    Journal of tourism, Trips and Holidays with informations to travel round Spain and Portugal.
  • www.casaturismorural.com
    An easy and simplified selection of the whole of rural accommodations that exist in Spain.
  • www.parador.es
    Official place of the network of State-run hotels of Tourism of Spain.
  • www.turistea.com
    Tourist portal of Spain and the rest of the World.


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