During Christmas in Spain, the streets are filled with colorful lights that, in different shapes and drawings, illuminate the longest nights of the year, because from five o’clock in the afternoon it already darkens. At home, it is a tradition to decorate the Christmas tree with different ornaments and lights, some families also put the Nativity Scene. In towns and cities, they usually also place a Christmas tree and a Nativity Scene although of a larger size for all to see. Some town halls even convene Nativity Scenes contests in which the most original and surprising ones are rewarded.
Christmas markets are also very typical in Spain, in Madrid it is made in Plaza Mayor, in Barcelona it is known as the “Fira de Santa Llúcia”.
Another tradition is to receive the new year, on the New Year’s Eve, eating 12 grapes during the 12 chimes that are made in the Puerta del Sol in Madrid. Many people usually gather in the square to receive the new year.
On the afternoon of January 5, the cavalcade of the Three Wise Men takes place, they parade through the streets on decorated floats, full of lights and music throwing candy at the children. That night, the wise men leave gifts to children who have been good. The next day, families eat the “Roscón de Reyes” a round cake, pierced in the middle, which can be made of marzipan, or filled with cream, cream or chocolate. This special cake hides two surprises; whoever finds the little figurine of a king must be crowned and, whoever receives a bean, must pay for the cake.
However, this year due to the pandemic, many of these traditions cannot be done as we are used to, but will be done with the same excitement