Some words about Spain and its culture

Culture is a people’s way of life.

            The world over different cultures have been preserved and passed over from one generation to another. The Spanish Culture is one of them. This culture has greatly been inspired by other global cultures like the Celtic, Arabic and Romans. The intertwining cultural effects are evident in the cuisines, architecture and arts.. The Spanish Lingual is Spain’s certified language, which is also a mother tongue for many Spaniards. This is spoken throughout the country and has several other dialects. However, learning Castilian Spanish especially for foreigners and tourists ensures that they are understood throughout Spain.

Spain is made up of over seventeen different communities each with its own unique culture. Fifty provinces constitute the country of Spain with Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and Malaga as the largest metro areas in the country. There is evident variation is food. Cumin and saffron are spices that are an influence from the Moors. Some of the unique features of the Spanish Culture are evident on their festivals, dances and even bull fighting.

One of the most popular dishes is Paella from the Valencia region. The Spanish Culture is full of festivals. In the town of Pamplona for example, a festival famous all the world over is that of running bulls. Dancing is one of the most treasured and beautiful cultural practice passed on from one generation to the other in Spain. The Flamenco dance is the most dominant dance with dancers coming from the Andalusia province. This is especially found in the towns of Seville and Grenada and was introduced by the Gypsy and Moorish cultures into Spain.

One cannot speak of the Spanish culture and leave out bullfighting. This is one of the oldest and most revered traditions in Spain. It is from the Madrid national stadium that people go to observe and watch this age long tradition. Only the experts are allowed into the stadium leaving out novices and beginners. In traditional Spain, people would leave their workplaces over lunch hour to eat together with their families, a cultural habit that still happens to date. Talk of the bar in Spain and it is considered as a hub. People congregate in bars over coffee or beer to discuss the events of the day.The Spaniards have a rich culture of sports. If they are not part of the sporting activity then they are watching it on Television. The most common sports here are basketball, tennis and even football. They love sports and we can refer to them as active and engaged people. It is not wonder the summer seasons are filled with various carnivals and fiestas with each town in Spain having not less than one Fiesta in a year.

Culture is the only way we relive our true origins. The Spanish culture is so rich and unique to them offering a variance of exciting things for tourists. It also enhances the reduction of the generation gap between the old and the young. This is made possible by the numerous festivals and fiestas that encourage the two groups to interact and appreciate each other’s worth. The young learn from the old and pass on the culture to their children keeping it fresh and alive for generations.


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