Christmas in Spain

Date: 08 Dec 2015

The majority of families in Spain eat their main Christmas meal on ‘La Noche Buena’, also known as Christmas Eve. The traditional Spanish dinner of turkey stuffed with truffles is called ‘Pavo Trufado de Navidad’, although tradition depends on the region of Spain that you’re in. In north-west Spain, they prefer to eat different kinds of seafood, from lobster to shellfish.

After the meal has finished, people head on to ‘La Misa Del Gallo’ also known as Midnight Mass. ‘La Misa Del Gallo’ translates to ‘The Mass of the Rooster’, and it is called this because a rooster is said to have crowed the night Jesus was born. Once the service has finished, people walk through the streets together carrying torches and playing musical instruments. There is a famous Spanish saying ‘Esta noche es Noche-Buena, Y no Es noche de dormir’ which means ‘tonight is the good night and it’s not meant for sleeping!’

There are also a few different ways to say Happy/Merry Christmas in Spain, due to the different languages spoken in certain regions of the country.

  • Spanish – Feliz Navidad
  • Catalan – Bon Nadal
  • Galician – Bo Nadal
  • Basque – Eguberri on
After Christmas is over, the fun starts! December 28th is known as ‘Dia de los santos inocentes’ which translates to ‘Day of the Innocent Saints’. This day is the equivalent of April Fools Day, where people try to trick each other and play silly stories and jokes.