Yearly Archives: 2015

So here it is, Spanish Christmas

In Spain, Christmas is arranged somewhat differently. Christmas Eve is the night of the big feast. This is usually turkey stuffed with truffles, but in Galicia seafood is consumed. Being a Catholic country, this precedes a midnight mass (la misa

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Fiesta of San Andrés

Ask most Scottish people and they’ll tell you the 30th of November is the day of St Andrew, their patron saint. However the Scottish celebrate – be it with haggis, whisky, Irn Bru or Macaroni Pies – it’s matched in

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A Midsummer Bonfire Night’s Dream

As Guy Fawkes only had beef with the British parliament, Spain does not celebrate Bonfire Night as we do in the United Kingdom. However, he has some connections with Spain, electing to fight for them in the Eighty Years Way

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Spanish Halloween

Halloween is a relatively new tradition in Spain, and is very much an imported cultural event that tends to be celebrated more in the North of the country (where there’s a historical influence of Celtic culture that ties it in

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The Rose of Saffron Festival

Regular readers of this blog will be aware that many Spanish goods have protected status, meaning their name is tied in with a geographical area, ingredients and manufacturing style. The saffron of Castilla la Mancha is the only one of

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The San Sebastián International Film Festival

The San Sebastián International Film Festival is one of fourteen ‘Competitive’ status movie festivals as rated by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations, meaning it has a competition aspect but doesn’t specialise in films of a certain language or

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The Rioja Wine Festival

Even if you don’t consider yourself a wine connoisseur, or rarely drink it yourself, you’ve probably heard of Rioja. So synonymous with wine is the region that the drink comes up on search engine results ahead of the actual place.

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Guernica

  The 10th of September is the date that one of Picasso’s most famous works arrived in Spain. Originally gifted to the New York Museum of Modern Art in 1939, Guernica was commissioned in 1937 by the Spanish Republican government.

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Spain vs Vikings

Spain is not, in the public consciousness, deeply associated with Vikings, but as the Norse explorers made it to the Americas it shouldn’t such a surprise to learn that Iberian coastlines were also visited by longships. The North East, and

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La Tomatina

Imagine, if you will, a world without tomatoes. It doesn’t sound much, but it’s a base for so many popular foodstuffs. Pizza, bolognese, tikka masala, ketchup…baked beans without tomato sauce scarcely bares thinking about.   On the 26th of August this

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