Daily Archives: December 22, 2019
IF YOU WAKE UP EARLY THIS MORNING AND TURN ON THE TV OR THE RADIO ALL YOU CAN HEAR IS THE MONOTONOUS SINGING OUT OF THE FIGURES OR LOTTERY NUMBERS IN THE FASHION OF SPAIN´S ·TONADILLA” SONGS. UNDOUBTEDLY, THIS KICKS OFF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON IN SPAIN. BUT WHY IS THIS DRAW SO POPULAR?
Barring a major disaster, December 22 is the only day of the year when every TV news report, radio bulletin and online newspaper in Spain will be leading with images of people celebrating. Men and women hug one another, pop open bottles of champagne and dance in front of the cameras while showing off tickets with a five-figure number. They are the winners of Spain’s Christmas lottery, a tradition that is as enshrined in Christmas celebrations as turrón or the Three Kings. Last year, Spanish people spent €2.76 billion on lottery tickets – that’s €60 per person.
The lottery draw, which can last up to six hours, is followed live by millions of people on television, radio and online, and unofficially marks the beginning of the festive season. But seeing as there are dozens of lotteries and betting games that take place throughout the year and are booming online, why does this lottery – which began in 1811 – continue to be so popular? READ MORE
HOWEVER, THERE ARE MANY OTHER CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS IN THIS COUNTRY: