As every year, on the 1st of November we celebrate All Saints’ Day to remember and honour our deceased relatives. In Spain we usually go to graveyards to visit the beloved dead who have passed away. In fact, this represents an act to keep them alive in our minds. A few days before the 1st of November, graves are prepared and cleaned for that occasion. One of the most traditional actions is to buy flowers and take them as a gift to the deceased.
Regarding the gastronomy, it’s very representative to eat “Buñuelos de Viento” (a kind of small fried cupcake made with eggs, flour and butter filled with cream) or “Huesos de Santos” (a type of sweet made of marzipan filled with egg yolk cream). In some northern areas of the country it’s very common to celebrate “Castañada” (Chestnut party) where people spend the afternoon out in the field and eat chestnuts, typical fruit of this time of the year. In other regions like Valencia, Balearic Islands and Catalonia taste “Panellets” (baked pastry made with powdered almonds and covered with pine nuts). It is also well known the tradition of going to the theatre to see “Don Juan Tenorio”, play written by José Zorrilla. This special masterpiece is performed on this day because the final act takes place in All Saints’ Night and the main character is closely related to death.
Due to American and Anglo-saxon influences, we celebrate Halloween and have also taken customs from these countries. On the 31st of October there are parties in schools where students dress up, make drawings or handcrafts such as carved pumpkins, witches, ghosts and vampires. Some teachers tell scary stories and distribute sweets among the smallest children. Adults enjoy the spookiest night of the year by going out to parties in pubs and nightclubs dressed up and usually stay up late.
If you’re going to celebrate Halloween this year, I suggest you find a good shop, choose a frightening costume and prepare to scare everyone at night in your favourite venue. If you’re skillful and imaginative I also recommend to create your own design. Remember there’s no curfew and just try to have fun.
If you know other traditions in Halloween, I would like you to tell and share them with us.
Get ready for the scariest night of the year!!!.