What Happens On 28 December In Spain?
- Víctormanuel Paz
Celebrating With a Food Fight – One of world’s more unusual celebrations of any kind is used to mark Dec. 28 in Ibi, Alicante, Spain, not far from the middle of the Spanish Mediterranean Coast. In a tradition more than 200 years old, townspeople engage in a massive food fight of sorts—but it’s all in good fun and is used to raise money for charity.
- After a several decades in which the festivities were suspended for the Spanish Civil War and subsequent national events, they were revived in 1981 and have become a tourist draw and major event since then;
The festivities are known as Els Enfarinats in Valencian, the local language closely tied to Catalan. In Spanish, it’s known as the fiesta of Los Enharinados , loosely translated as “The Flour-Covered Ones. ” ( Enharinar is the verb for coating something with flour, known as harina.
) The festivities traditionally begin around 8 a. when participants in mock military attire stage a fake coup and take “control” of the town and enact all sorts of crazy “ordinances” in program called New Justice — Justícia Nova in Catalan and Justicia Nueva in Spanish.
Those who brake the pretend ordinances are fined, with the money going to worthy causes. Eventually, a massive fight ensues between the “rulers” and the “opposition,” a battle fought with flour, vegetables and other harmless projectiles. Festive dancing marks the end of the “battle.
What happens on the 28th of December in Spain?
Christmas in Spanish – Although Christmas Eve isn’t until December 24, Christmas always comes to Spain a few days early, on December 22. That’s the day the winning numbers of the hugely popular Spanish Christmas Lottery are drawn and announced in song by schoolchildren on live TV.
In the months leading up to this event, many Spaniards buy lottery tickets and wait to see if their number will be lucky that year. Once the lottery prizes have been announced, the holidays have officially started, and everyone starts making final preparations for the big celebrations.
Christmas Eve, or Nochebuena in Spanish, is celebrated on December 24 and is generally a family affair. Usually, members of the extended family gather around a feast of meat, wine, typical foods not eaten at other times of the year, and all kinds of desserts.
For devout Catholics, there’s an important event after dinner: it’s time to go to a special midnight mass called the Misa del Gallo. Church-goers celebrate the birth of the Son of God by singing famous and traditional Christmas carols accompanied by guitars, hand drums, and tambourines.
In many homes, especially ones with children, Nochebuena is a very exciting night: it’s when Santa Claus (in Spanish, Papá Noel) brings gifts to all the children who have been good during the year. Some regions of Spain have their own traditions: in the Basque Country, it’s Olentzero who leaves the gifts, while children from Cataluña and Aragón receive gifts from Tió de Nadal.
At this point, Christmas has only just begun! December 25 is Christmas Day. Even after the enormous Christmas Eve dinner, on Christmas Day the family comes together to eat again, but not as much as the night before.
Especially in families with young children, this day is a time to show find out what Papá Noel brought everyone. The streets fill with children trying out their new roller skates, bikes, and remote control cars. Even after December 25, there are still plenty of Spanish Christmas traditions to uphold before the end of the year.
On December 28, Spain celebrates el Día de los Santos Inocentes (Holy Innocents’ Day). This is another Catholic tradition that has evolved over time and been adapted to the modern world. Today, it is celebrated as a kind of Spanish April Fool’s Day when people play pranks ( bromas o inocentadas ) on each other.
On this day, don’t believe everything you see or hear — chances are good that somebody’s pulling your leg. We’ve finally made it to December 31, the last day of the year. While Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) is celebrated as a family, Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) is celebrated with friends.
After dinner and time for socializing, Spaniards spend the final moments before the clock strikes midnight preparing to ring in the new year. People gather in plazas or homes to eat the 12 uvas de la suerte ( 12 lucky grapes ).
During the last 12 seconds of the year, everyone eats 12 grapes so that luck will be on their side for the whole year to come. After midnight, the new year begins and people go out to celebrate it in style. For many, January 1 is a day to sleep in and recover from the night before.
- But Christmas still isn’t over! January 5 is a very exciting day for the youngest members of a Spanish family;
- All afternoon, each city organizes a special event in which large floats parade through the streets carrying musicians, artists, people in costume, and, most importantly, the Tres Reyes Magos (the Three Kings) , who wave to all the children of the city;
After the parade, families return home for an early dinner so the children can clean their shoes and leave them in the living room. This way, when the Tres Reyes Magos visit the home in the wee hours of the morning, they’ll know where to leave the presents for each member of the family.
When they wake up on the morning of January 6, children across Spain jump out of their beds and run to the place they left their shoes the night before to see what gifts the Three Kings of Orient have left for them.
The only bad thing about the afternoon of January 6 is that children know that their vacation is ending and school is about to begin again, and adults are reminded that they’ll have to get back to the daily grind. Little by little, everything goes back to normal… until the next Christmas season.
What is December 28th celebration?
extra Holy Innocents Day, observed annually on December 28th. The day commemorates the execution of the innocent, male children in Bethlehem as told in Matthew 2:16. Also known as the Feast of the Holy Innocents (and referred to as Childermas), the day refers to King Herod’s order found in Matthew’s account of the king’s reaction to the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy.