viernes, 24 de octubre de 2014

Night of the Dead or Magosto

It is a celebration of Celtic origin, celebrated in some parts of northern Spain, such as Galicia, Catalonia, Cantabria, Aragon, Asturias and León province. It is also a very popular holiday in Portugal. Internationally known as "chestnut Party." 

The common elements in this party are: the celebration of the Night of Souls, chestnut and fire.

On the night of October 31 is usually held this party, which includes many fire roasted chestnuts, new wine and sausages. 

The party is to make a fire and, once there embers, placed on it a large metal pan with holes in its base, called drum. About this pan, chestnuts, which have been subjected to a cut on one end to extend not explode. Once roasted, chestnuts are peeled and eaten. 

It is common, Smudging face with the remains of the fire, jump over the fire, telling stories and singing folk songs. 

The chestnut Party in Catalonia.

It is the Catalan and Aragonese variant of this traditional festival. Roasted chestnuts, panellet, sweet potatoes and candied fruit are tasted. The typical drink of this celebration is the muscatel wine. 

The custom of eating these foods (high energy) is because during the Night of Souls, vigil of the Day of the Dead, the bells rang incessantly until dawn. Friends and relatives helped the ringer in this difficult task, and all this food consumed not falter. 

It usually represents the figure of the woman steamy chestnut: an older woman dressed in poor clothes and a headscarf, with a street vendor roasting chestnuts.


In Spain, the traditional Christmas food is usually based on abundant sweet dishes. Three days significantly in the Spanish Christmas Special: Christmas dinner, New Year's Eve and the Epiphany. The Christmas meal is characterized by all Christian traditions. It should be noted nougat (the most famous is the hard nougat), the shortbread, marzipan, dates, sugared almonds, alfajores or almond soup. 

Also typical dishes eat these dates, such as suckling pig, free range chicken, turkey, capon, lamb, sea bream, clam meat, cooked meat (in Catalonia), prawns and seafood. In Galicia is also often eat cod with cauliflower, on Christmas Eve.

On December 31 (New Years Eve) is tradition to eat 12 grapes at the rate of twelve strokes marked by the Puerta del Sol, once it enters the new year, you will be welcomed with a Cava toast. At dawn or morning of January 1 (New Year's Day) is usually breakfast Chocolate with churros. On January 6 (Epiphany) is usually eaten for a snack, cake of Epiphany.

The "Cordial" is a typical sweet of the Region of Murcia (Southeast Spain). They are usually served accompanied with marzipan sweets and shortbread. Is strictly required to consume within 5 days of its development, as they spoil very quickly. 


- 1 kg of raw almonds. 
- 9 eggs. 
- 800 gr of sugar. 
- 1kg of candied pumpkin. 
- Scrape the skin of 1 lemon. 
- Wafers. 


- Cleaned and peeled almonds (with hot water). Chop and dried. 
- Add the sugar, grated lemon rind and eggs. Mix until a homogeneous mass is made. 
- Take small amounts of almond dough, make a well in the center and fill with candied pumpkin, close giving a cone shape. 
- Place on the wafers, and bake at 180 degrees for 25 minutes.