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On 24 December, families inAndalusiaget together to celebrate Christmas dinner, one of the most important of the year. Generally it is not only parents and children that come together, but also grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and other family members.
It is usually a copious, exquisite meal, with plenty of typical Christmas products. Although there can be substantial variation from one province to another, common elements are turkey, seafood, turrón (almond sweet) and sparkling wine for the toast.
Family conversation can last well into the night.
Many restaurants close on this night, given that it is a family occasion.
Midnight Mass: Midnight Mass is one of the most deeply rooted Catholic traditions.
For centuries, this mass has been celebrated at midnight on 24 December, to see in Christmas day in commemoration of the birth of Jesus. Nowadays, after the Christmas Eve dinner, devotees head to church with their families to attend the traditional Midnight Mass
New Year’s Eve
The night of 31 December (New Year’s Eve) is not as family-oriented as Christmas Eve. Sometimes it starts with a family dinner, but later, the end of the old year and the beginning of the new tends to be celebrated with a party with friends.
Some people prefer to celebrate at one of the many restaurants offering dinner and dancing for the occasion.
The most famous tradition is eating the lucky grapes. This consists of eating twelve grapes, one by one, in time with the striking of the clock at midnight. There is then a toast with sparkling wine to welcome the New Year.
The fiesta usually lasts all night until dawn, with people going for chocolate con churros (flour fritters and hot chocolate) in the morning.
Three Kings Night.- Parade
The day for children comes at the end of the Christmas period. 6 January, or Three Kings Day, is the day when children receive the gifts that they have been waiting for all the holiday season. Before going to bed, children leave their shoes in a visible spot in the house, or out on the balcony. They go to sleep with the excitement of waking up to discover the presents that Melchior, Caspar and Balthasar will have brought for them.
On the afternoon before, there is the Three Kings Parade, where children can greet the Three Wise Men as they make their way through the streets, and ask them for the presents they want.
Of particular interest:
The Three Kings Parade in Higuera de la Sierra (Huelva), the second oldest inSpainand a celebration of National Tourist Interest.
The Three Kings Parade in Seville, which has been held every year since 1918.