Spain and America

Cultural Differences

The people of Spain shake hands with everyone present, shake hands when leaving, women sometimes kiss each other on the cheek, stand close when talking, they speak with their hands a lot, normal to be 15 to 30 minutes late. They dress nice even when it’s a casual occasion, they avoid bright colors. Women wear dresses or skirts. When going to a house always bring a small gift or food.

THIS IS THE MAP OF SPAIN. It's below France and above Morocco

Weddings and Funerals

Weddings are a big thing in Spain. The whole family from both sides attend and usually their village comes too. The average number of guests is about 200. The weddings don't start until about 7 pm and end really late sometimes lasting until morning. In the U.S, we usually have ours during the day. A tradition at weddings in Spain is the groom presents to his wife 13 coins that represents his support and care for her. Sometimes it can also be a symbol as wealth and finances they will both equally share together. The wedding ring is worn on the ring finger of the right hand which is different from the U.S. We wear our wedding rings on the ring finger of our left hand. There are usually no bridesmaids, groomsmen, maid of honor, or best man at weddings in Spain, and also no speeches given. At the reception, there is a head table that seats 6; bride, groom and their parents.

Funerals: occur within 24 hours of the death. If the death happens in a hospital, no paperwork needs to be filled out. But if not, the police are called and they tell the Forensic Judge who will be summoned to the place of the death and remove the body. An autopsy is sometimes required.

The presenting of the 13 coins

The Running of the Bulls

La Tomatina Buno
"Tomato War"

This is a different event that happens on the last wednesday of August each year. Basically, the government loads a truck with about 88,000 pounds of tomatoes and drives it to Bunol, Spain. This tomato war lasts 2 hours.

This traditional event is located in Pamplona Spain on July 7th. Thousands of people from all over the world come just to see and participate in the running of the bulls. Everyone gathers on the streets of Pamplona and get chased by charging bulls.

Spanish Meals

While the U.S have 3 main meals a day, spaniards have multiple meals. Breakfast is the smallest meal of the day. They usually just have a glass of warm milk and sometimes some toast with Nutella or jam. This is usually when they first wake up. Their second meal of the day is lunch. They have two lunches. One at school or work which is around 11 am and consists of a sandwich. When they get home from school or work; 2-3 pm, they have a larger lunch, which is the biggest meal of the day (a dinner for us).  Around 6 they have a small snack usually toast or rolls and sometimes fruits. Dinner is usually really late; 9 pm. Its smaller than lunch but bigger than breakfast. Ex; omelet, fish, salad. Bread is usually always included in a meal.

Comment Stream

2 years ago

WOW this is soooo lame

2 years ago

jk, it's blinkin amazing