Semana Santa

Well, folks, Easter week (“Semana Santa” in Spanish / Setmana Santa in Catalán) is upon us again. Easter is the biggest religious festival of the year in the Christian calendar and is celebrated with particular fervour in Spain. In fact, Semana Santa has already started with Palm Sunday (25/03) and here in Catalunya, they have a tradition of wearing something new to mark the day. They even have a proverb that goes: “On Palm Sunday if you don’t wear something new your hands will fall off”! Continue reading “Semana Santa”

St. Patrick’s Day!

As most of you probably know St. Patrick’s Day, or Lá Fhéile Phadraig, the 17th of March, is the national day of Ireland. “What’s that got to do with the rest of us?” you might ask… Well, as the Americans say, on Paddy’s Day everyone is a little bit Irish! And the Americans would know! St. Patrick’s Day has been observed in the U.S. since 1737 in Boston and in New York since 1762, and the oldest and biggest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world has been taking place in New York City since 1766 – long before there was ever any parade in Ireland itself! These days Paddy’s Day festivities are held all over Europe and North America and every other continent bar Antarctica.

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