Every year, on November 1 under the influence of Halloween (American holiday) Spain claims its more traditional and rooted parties. “El día te Todos los Santos” is a time to remember the deceased relatives and throughout the Nation many families gather eating the most typical sweets of this party: Huesitos de santo, buñuelos de viento, roasted chestnuts and panellets. It is even customary to buy flowers (chrysanthemums) to leave them in the tomb of the deceased and pray for them.
Despite the feeling of sadness that is thought to have the Day of All Saints, this day is not only to lament for loved ones who are no longer with us. It is also a day to celebrate life.
In Granada there are numerous ways to spend the day of the deceased. Four customs that surround it are Chirringue y rosetas , La fiesta de la castaña, los farolillos and gachas en las cerraduras
In Cádiz the Tosantos are celebrated, disguising the rabbits, pigs and chickens of the markets of the city; dolls are also made with fruits, vegetables and nuts that reflect in a critical and humorous way the social reality of the year.
In Seville is celebrated the day of Tozanto, usually goes out to the field with friends to spend the day, which is popularly called cast the saints. But, before going out to the country, you have to go through the cemetery to visit the deceased, bringing them bouquets of flowers.
In Ceuta is Day of the Backpack, people go out to the countryside carrying a backpack of fruits and nuts with which the day passes.
In Albacete (Castilla-La Mancha) children crumbs are usually prepared.
In Catalonia, on the night of October 31, the so-called castañada (not to be confused with the Galician Magosto on November 11) is celebrated in which baked sweet potatoes, chestnuts and some special sweets for this day called panellets are eaten.
In Begíjar (Jaén) It is the custom for boys and girls to go out with pots full of porridge to the street and with a ladle to cover the locks of houses, with this belief it is believed that evil spirits will not enter. to homes.
In the north of Córdoba, as for example in Los Pedroches, candles are lit in the houses and the traditional milk porridge is eaten.
In Extremadura, the field goes out to consume nuts, celebrating the chaquetía or the calbotes.
In the Region of Murcia, street markets are organized in many of its towns and cities, where flowers and typical gastronomic products of these dates are sold: arrope, quince meat, fig bread, saint’s bones, donuts and nuts.
NERJA (MÁLAGA): MAROWEEN In the small hamlet of Maro celebrate the same weekend of Halloween his party of roasted chestnuts and sweet potatoes -not any pumpkins
Basque Country: Gaztañarre eguna To speak about the All Saints’ Day in the Basque Country is to do it from Gaztañerre Eguna, that is, the celebration of the roasted chestnut. It is a gastronomic tradition in which family and friends meet to celebrate a dinner snack where snails can’t be missed in sauce, motokil (a dough made with corn flour), and roasted chestnuts for dessert
Galicia : Samaín
The Galicians do not celebrate Halloween, they celebrate Samaín (Samhain), an ancestral tradition commemorated by the Celts long before the Anglo-Saxon Halloween will flood the world. The tradition is to decorate the houses with grotesque ornaments and empty pumpkins to put candles (before it was made with skulls and then with turnips) to scare away evil spirits; or disguise one with them and animal heads to pass by.At present, in many Galician villages, families go out at night to cemeteries to pray to the souls of the dead by candlelight.
Cantabria: Nochi the dijuntos it happens in Galicia, Cantabrian Night of the Dead is very linked to the Celtic tradition of the Samuin. If you want to enjoy the most of your parties, you must know what are the spells (big bonfires), the parade of the Geste (a procession of souls in pain), the Guajonas (a thin old woman with a single tooth that sucks the blood of children), the Sun of the Dead (when the dead are resurrected), the Verrugonas (illuminated pumpkins) or the Magostas (tastings of roasted chestnuts and sweet cider).
In Spain and Mexico, it is customary to represent Don Juan Tenorio on the night of All Saints’ Day.