On 24th December we are having a great dinner with the whole family, doing some games at home and enjoing a great party night which lasts most untill sunrise… Most typical plate for x-mas includs sea food, king prawns, lobsters and almonds. And not to forget the sweets like Turrón, Polvorón, Mazapan and Roscón de Reyes. It’s similar to stirred cake with candied fruit and 2 presents inside like ceramic figure and a bean. The one who find it (bean) has to pay the cake for all guests. 😉
Epiphany (Los Reyes Magos, 6th January) is also a very special day in Spain, because it’s presents day! Los Reyes Magos are bringing x-mas presents during the night before to the children which works like Santa Claus. A few weeks prior the kids are ‘sending’ them a list of wishes and can’t wait for that night/day.
Another important custom is Christmas Lottery which take place some weeks before and is the ‘most important’ in Spain. Lottery drawing is on 22th December. It costs round 20 €.
The same goes with New Year’s Eve…. As a lot of our actual students know there exists the only original ‘Nochevieja Universitaria’ in Salamanca which always take place the last thursday before x-mas. It is nearly working like real New Year’s Eve on 30th December, but because of less students in town and the need of a farewell party from students they invented it.
Since a few years there is a big party at Plaza Mayor with thousands of students, bands from Salamanca, typical chimes at 12 and not to forget the most important: eating 12 jelly babies during bell-ringing, standing for good luck for the following year (12 grapes at 30th December)!
After it the party is going on in most bars from Salamanca till the early morning…. Furthermore it works like a big reunion for all ‘old’ Erasmus students and it is a great reason for coming back again!
And last but not least we are relaxing some more days… So enjoy your days at home, let’s have a great HAPPY NEW YEAR and dont forget to sleep a bit for beeing ready when school starts again on 3rd January 2011!
¡Nos vemos pronto!