Spain is famous for its mesmerizing customs and traditions. If you decide to visit Spain, you must know how to behave yourself: “When you are in Rome, do as the Romans do”, otherwise you will not be invited again.
This special Sunday is a part of the customs in Spain. Compared to others countries, the celebration of Easter Week in Spain is more popular than in other European countries. Within Semana Santa, (Holy Week), street processions are organised in most Spanish towns each evening, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. Especially, on Palm Sunday, Spaniards go to the church for the mass and children carry Palm leaves to be blessed by the priest.
This traditional custom in Spain is well known by fasting during the observation of which the observant eats tactically. It is a preparation for Easter and repels patience. Spain attracts people over the world by its old and fascinating traditions. A lot of them have become legendary around the world. But people are still confused what flamenco means, how to go about eating tapas and many other traditions concerning Spain. So, while you are in Spain, make sure you know the traditions and customs.
Going for Tapas
"Going for tapas" plays important role for Spaniards. A tapa is not a particular type of food. Anything can be tapas – cheese, paella or even ham Therefore, concerning the eating food is not only about tasty national dishes of Spain but also about socializing – a perfect opportunity to get together with family and friends and enjoy their company. Mostly, friends and family usually come first in Spain.
Compared to the USA the system of tipping is totally different; while you are in Spain, forget about tipping. All bars and restaurants are not required to leave tips.
Flamenco in Spain
Flamenco is probably the most well-known Spanish tradition. Flamenco is not just a dance; even more it is an art form of dancing that includes dancing, singing and handclaps. On the whole, true flamenco is amazing and spontaneous; true flamenco dancing requires the pretty dress: but if you would like to see Flamenco dancing in Spain, you need to go to a show at a Tablao.
La Siesta is another famous tradition of Spanish culture which consists of a short nap of 15-30 minutes in the early afternoon. It is the traditional daytime sleep of Spain. The idea of the siesta is evolving with everyone's busier lifestyles, it's not so easy to catch 40 winks anymore - but people in small towns still do.
Fiestas and Festivals
Spain is famous for its famous fiestas and festivals over the world. There are more than 3,000 festivals and fiestas celebrated every year. The Spaniards are really fun-loving people and know how to enjoy the life.
Bullfighting is probably one of the most controversial Spanish customs.
Notwithstanding, the bull fights and bull runs in Pamplona never fail to attract large crowds, not only from Spain itself but from different parts over the world. Undoubtedly, it is a fascinating cultural tradition in Spain, which remains an ironic part of the country. Bullfighting tales place in Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Ronda and Pamplona.
Sangria and Paella
Paella is a traditional dish in Spain as well as sangria a national drink for Spaniards.
Soccer in Spain
Bullfighting is a dangerous sport, but soccer is definitely not. Soccer is significant in the lives of Spanish males. And with two of the most successful teams in European soccer, any sports fan should check out Spain's football bequest. Spain is the current European soccer champs and has won the Tour de France for three years in a row.
Spanish customs and traditions came to Spain from the old generation, and still exist. As generations move with the times, often some customs or traditions can be lost. Hopefully, future generations will continue to enjoy the same legendary and controversial traits like Spanish do now.