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Old 14th July 2010, 10:20 PM   #1
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Default Some commemorative dates

Can anyone help me? I need to know the date of celebration of Mothers Day, fathers and children's day in Spain.
Moreover, these dates have enough trade movement? What kind of gift is given in each commemorative date above?
Thanks for the reply!

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edit: I also would like to know if there is the custom of wearing medals and pendants of saints, and what the most popular. (sorry for the bad english)

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Old 15th July 2010, 01:12 AM   #2
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Mother's day is the first Sunday in May

Father's day is on March 19th (St Joseph)

There is no 'children's day', but of course there is Christmas Eve (Dec 24th) and 'Los Reyes' on January 6th, when the presents used to be given (now, probably only about less than half of families do it that day, they give them on Christmas Day).On that day the Wise men from Orient (Los Reyes Magos) brought the presents to baby Jesus.

There is far too much trade on those days. We have never celebrated Father's day or Mother's day in my spanish family, so I cannot comment on presents.

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Old 15th July 2010, 01:02 PM   #3
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oh, really? thank you Pippa!!
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Old 16th July 2010, 01:45 PM   #4
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Talking about father's day and mother's day, I would like to know if in all Spain is like Pippa reported. tks
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Old 16th July 2010, 06:23 PM   #5
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Well, the reason why we never celebrated in my family either of those days was because my mother's birthday and saint day (yes, we also have saint days) is on the 1st and 2nd of May, so she has enough celebrations in a week. On March 19th, Father's day, used to be my grandmother's birthday (my father's mother), so he used to go to Madrid to see his own mother on that day and was never at home!
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Old 17th July 2010, 12:06 AM   #6
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'el dia de difuntos', o 'dia de los muertos', the defunct day, is celebrated the 2 november.

'el dia de los santos inocentes' o 'dia de todos los santos' is the 28 december.

this was once ago the truly spanish tradition on celebrating the 'day of ...'.

the rest is sheer marketing.


el dia del niño? ... great idea!!!... said the sale's manager.
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Old 17th July 2010, 09:25 AM   #7
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'el dia de difuntos', o 'dia de los muertos', the defunct day, is celebrated the 2 november...
According to my calendar that's on the 1st Nov. All Saints Day in the English speaking world ?
We often visit the local cemetery then as all the graves get special attention and the floral tributes are amazing.
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Old 17th July 2010, 01:19 PM   #8
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I seem to recall in Spain, an individual's saint day getting more attention then one's birthday. Is that still the case?
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According to my calendar that's on the 1st Nov. All Saints Day in the English speaking world ?
We often visit the local cemetery then as all the graves get special attention and the floral tributes are amazing.
November 1st is All Saints Day, Dia de todos los Santos
November 2nd es Dia de los difuntos, but it is celebrated on November 1st.

Apparently the tradition of doing tributes to the dead comes from Mexico, and I suspect that it is celebrated on the 1st because it used to be a public holiday (When you think about it, in the past, Santiago, patron of Spain was a public holiday on July 25th, as was Saint Joseph on March 19th and Our Lady of the Assumtion August 15th. The local saints tend to be declared public holidays, so how can you have a Day of ALL Saints and not be a public holiday? )
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I seem to recall in Spain, an individual's saint day getting more attention then one's birthday. Is that still the case?
Not anymore unless you want to forget how old you are.

Some of them are celebrated a lot, for example el día del Carmen, just gone, July 16th. Everybody know one or two or more Cármenes.
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Not anymore unless you want to forget how old you are.
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As well as my name - oh no!!!!!
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Old 18th July 2010, 08:56 PM   #12
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Professions have their own patron saints. Secondary school teachers celebrate Tomás de Aquino and even get the day off!
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Old 19th July 2010, 01:23 PM   #13
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but on the mother's day and father's day, it is conventional to present them? and people are religious about to use accessories such as medals of Saints? tks
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Professions have their own patron saints. Secondary school teachers celebrate Tomás de Aquino and even get the day off!
The patron saint of Engineers is St. Patrick. Since I'm an engineer with an Irish name I figure I should just run (well stumble really) with it.
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