CUSTOMS AND CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS. 24th December:. Christmas Eve.
24th December: Christmas EveThe Christmas Eve takes place the night of 24th December, eve of Christmas day (25 December). It is the Christian celebration of Jesus's birth and the customs vary in every country but a familiar meeting is too common to have dinner the “Missa delGall” that is celebrated at midnight.The people go to the church, theylisten to the mass and after the mass,in Catalonia, is tradition celebrate the“caga tió” (also there are people whocelebrate it the next day).
“Missa del Gall”
26th of December: St. Esteve
It is the day after Christmas, the families
have a meeting to eat. They use to eat
cannelonis with the spare meat of
Christmas, the cannelonis are a dish
Very typical of Catalonia and it is made
Ingredients: (For 4 persons)
12 Pastes for cannelonis
300Gr. Of meat
Grated cheese (to dust )
½ litre bechamel (milk and flour) Sauce
Boil the paste in water boiling with salt, drain and turn fresh.
Filling: Fry lightly the onion in butter, add that
meat and mix well. Let get cool.
Refill the plates of the cannelonis in cylinder shape.
They elaborate the bechamel.
Place the cannelonis on sources for oven, well spread with butter and cheese. Cover them with the bechamel sauce, dust with grated cheese and brown them to not very hot oven.
The day of the innocent saints is on the 28th December. It is celebrated making tricks to friends and family, and it is celebrated all over Spain.
The traditional trick, consisted of "hanging the paper doll", - a paper doll cut of a newspaper- behind the back of the people who walk along the street. This makes the children laugh a lot.
NEW YEAR’S EVE
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1st JANUARY: NEW YEAR’S DAY
The New Year’s Day is an event that happens when a culture celebrates the end of one year and the beginning of the next year.
Here in Catalonia, we have a familiar lunch, were we eat a snack with “canapés” (small toasts with pâté, butter and salmon or sweet ham...). Later, we have cannelloni (rolls of meat, and béchamel) for lunch. After that, we eat meat or fish, depending on each family.
And finally we eat nougats and rolled wafers, typical of our country.
RECIPE: FISH IN THE OVEN WITH POTATOES
INGREDIENTS for 4 people:4 fish of ration (prayed, bass, bream, etc).
1 small onion.3 ripe tomatoes.Laurel.Garlic.Lemon.Olive Oil.White Fumet of fish.
Make a mixture of potato, onion and tomato in a tray. Add some drops of white wine, lemon, white fumet of fish and virgin olive oil. Above, put the open fish. Put it in the oven during some 15-20 minutes (160-170 º). When serving the dish, you can clean them or serve them directly whole.
THE TWELFTH NIGHT PROCESSION:
The Three Wise Men go on procession down the streets, on their carriages. Their pages throw sweets to the people on the way.
THE THREE WISE MEN:
Some parents take pictures of their sons with the Three Wise Men
The small statuettes of the Wise Men,
made of porcelain
The broad beans
Once the people have already had dinner and they have sung a few typical songs, recited poems ... it is time that children go to bed early so that the kings could bring them his gifts. But they before the children go to bed, leave meal for the kings and their assistants, the camels. They leave water, milk, cookies, nougats ... in the balcony so that the three wise men could continue his long trip with the full well belly.
January 6th. is also important because it indicates the last day of Christmas festivities when everybody shares with their relatives and friends the magic of these days. It is necessary to prepare oneself for the coming back school and to be able to share with the partners and teachers of school the living illusion and the desires of waiting again impatient that the most wished holidays of the year come again.