Spain is a European country drenched in history, culture and the arts. The country's rich religious history, culinary delights and fun trivia all contribute to its unique cultural standing, giving it a strong foundation in terms of heritage and culture, rich in fun facts and interesting trivia that children will find fun to learn.

Celebrations

Christmas lights in a Barcelona street.
Christmas lights in a Barcelona street.

The Spanish love to celebrate. Many celebrations in the country are related to Roman Catholicism, the dominant religion in the area. Most people celebrate Name Day, which is much like a birthday, only instead of celebrating the actual date of birth, the celebration centers around the holy day of a person's namesake saint.

The Christmas season in Spain also lasts for a long time and does not end after December 25. It starts on Christmas Eve and ends on January 6, Three Kings Day, when Christmas celebrations climax. Kids get presents on Three Kings Eve, and towns hold festive processions.

Spanish people also love to celebrate with music. One of the most popular dances in the world, the flamenco, has three distinct elements: the song, or "el cante"; the dance, or "el baile"; and the guitar, or "el toque."

Lifestyle

Spanish Paella.
Spanish Paella.

The Spanish have a rich culinary tradition. For breakfast, some families buy fresh churros, a type of doughnut, from a local bakeshop and pair them with hot chocolate. Lunch is another important meal of the day, and is usually a heavier meal than breakfast and dinner. This is sometimes followed by siesta, an afternoon nap to get through post-lunch drowsiness. During this time, shops are closed and then open after two or three hours of rest.

If you go to Spain and appreciate the food given to you, show appreciation by asking for a second serving. You'll find many Spanish dishes to be heavy and filling, since they often include rice, an important food item in Spanish meals.

Other Interesting Facts

Flamenco dresses in Andalusia, Spain.
Flamenco dresses in Andalusia, Spain.

In Spain, children don't wait for the tooth fairy; instead, they have a tooth mouse.

When you write exclamatory and interrogative sentences in Spanish, don't forget to include an upside down exclamation point or question mark at the beginning of the sentence.

Madrid, the country’s capital, is located at the exact center of the country. No wonder it developed and became the most prosperous city in the country.

The oldest restaurant in the world is in Spain. Opened in 1725, Casa Botin in Madrid serves traditional Spanish cuisine and specialties, including roasted lamb and suckling pig.