The culture of Spain is acknowledged for its festivals during New Year and Easter weeks. There is a fine blend of spiritual and cheerful characteristics in the Spanish culture. Children enjoy during the procession of 'Three Magi' where they receive gifts from Santa Claus.
Besides the general festivities there are certain traditions in Spain which are unique to the Spanish land. Each region of Spain, all towns, cities, neighborhood, and even professions have their own saints whose feast is a very important event and it is religiously celebrated. Other than these feast of the patron saints there are some traditions that are distinct and unique of Spain.
An aristocratic sport, it was first defined by Gonzalo Argote de Molinain his book or 'Libro de la Monteria'. Practiced in two different ways, either the rider or his mount were to face the bull directly or they practically sideswiped the animal trying to spear it during the fight. This is one of the most dangerous and unique sport of Spain and an integral part of the traditions in Spain.
The first instance of bullfighting is reported to be held during the crowning of King Alfons VIII. The bull-rings are found at a gap of few yards throughout Spain. The bullfighting season continues from the month of March to October. Thousands of Spaniards and non-Spaniards attend this national sport (Fiesta Nacional in local language).
Spain's dance carnivals with gorgeous dress codes add more interest in the hearts of culture lovers. Spanish films are loved by international film buffs. Spain has produced stalwarts of film making like Luis Bunuel, Pedro Almodovar. Spanish cuisine is known for its rich taste. Its fine taste of wine has served the taste buds of wine lovers for the ages.
Music in Spain
Music in Spain is varied in form and style, although for many citizens, it is synonymous to Flamenco,an Andalusian genre of music. But here is also existence of rock music, folks, pop, and hip hops in Spanish lands.
In the early Renaissance period, instrumental music in Spain was influenced by Arabic music. Mateo Flecha el viejo and Castillian dramatist Juan del Encina were some of the famous composers; Renaissance songbooks also exist. In the early 16th century, polyphonic vocal style grew in Spain that had similarities with the Franco-Flemish composing styles. The great Spanish composers of the Renaissance period are Francisco Guerrero and Cristóbal de Morales.
18th to 20th centuries led to the conclusion of the "classical" musical culture of Spain and led to the new venture of guitar compositions by renowned Spanish musicians like Fernando Sor, Francisco Tárrega and Miguel Llobet.
Spanish Dance can be defined as a complicated dance movement that originates from the native country of Spain and is not predominately influenced by other communities or culture. It is mainly performed by talented professionals who had formal training in any of the categories of Spanish dance and / or attained a degree in it.
However, if one does not have a formal guidance, expertise can also be acquired through many years experience. There are several Dance Academy who teach typical Spanish dances, Choreographies and organize yearly/ monthly/weekly Workshops.
The 6 categories of Spanish Dance are:
- Classical Spanish Dance or Estilización
- Eighteenth Century Dances
- Classical Ballet Dance
The Spanish fashion industry has taken the entire world by a storm. The place is inhabited by some of the world's most attractive and stylish people who carry themselves with poise and elan. Consequently, several leading fashion designers have set up their base in the Mediterranean country.
Spain fashion is an integral part of the culture Spain.Be it the formal suits and elegantly cut tuxedos or be it the slightly unconventional and experimental rainproof ponchos, balloon silhouettes and the fashionable checked and striped sweaters, Spanish men have a plethora of options when it comes to smart dressing. Women too, need not be disappointed. They can collect a haute-couture of some very stylish clothes in bold and dashing prints that are well cut with fine lines and silhouettes that accentuate the figure. Besides sleek jewelry, elegant footwear and accessories are also available aplenty in the country.