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    Trick or treating in Spain

    All Saint's day has always been a holiday in Spain, but it's usually been celebrated within the family. The tradition is to to go back to your hometown and visit the tombs of the deceased persons, lay fresh flowers, and pray a bit. That's it. No pumpkins, no witches, no reruns of ET.
    I'm spending a few days in my hometown of Úbeda, and I was surprised to see some kids disguised as witches, with plastic bags, and requesting candies on the street to passersby. It's just a meme, I guess. Next year people will start to grow pumpkins. And wait a few years, and we'll have Thanksgiving and the Superbowl.

    2005-11-01 13:28 | 6 Comment(s) | Filed in

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    1
    De: Algernon Fecha: 2005-11-01 15:55

    A few more years and even blogging will be normal :-D



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    De: Pedro Fecha: 2005-11-01 16:38

    I am all in favor of importing holydays. Christmas was imported too.



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    De: Anónimo Fecha: 2005-11-01 17:45

    Everything is imported. Even ourselves. I have no problem with that.



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    De: JJ Fecha: 2005-11-01 19:30

    Importing holidays is OK, but I can't help the feeling that it's a plot by the pumpkin producers to boost sales.



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    De: David Allen Fecha: 2005-11-19 17:48

    Hi there, not been to Granada yet but I expect I will be doing more travelling in Spain during the next couple of years.
    It was explained to me by my catalan girlfrined that the trick or treating thing is only just starting to gain groun in this country. Been here 3 years now and still getting used to all the new things.
    Were you ever in Catalumya?

    David Allen



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    De: JJ Fecha: 2005-11-19 17:51

    Yep, been en Barcelona and around it several times. Nice city.
    And yep, trick-or-treating (truco o trato) is gaining ground. To my (and general) dismay.



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