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T-day and Black Friday [ Monday, 26 Nov 07 | 03:29 ]
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As you know T-day is not celebrated here in España. Turkey is a popular meat at the end of the year along with suckling pig and some other seasonal favorites. I was a little surprised that the Wikipedia article on Thanksgiving made no mention of the earliest Thanksgiving...

The earliest Thanksgiving events in the British Colonies were held at what is present day Berkeley Plantation in Virginia in 1619 and at Plymouth in present day Massachusetts in 1621.

You do get a clue when it says British Colonies. But there is no mention of the feast held in September of 1565 by the Spaniards and native Timucuan Indians in St. Augustine, Florida. That first Thanksgiving was more than 50 years earlier.

I had no special T-day meal. For lunch I ate a empanada calzone filled with tuna, tomato, onion, sweet pepper and zuchinni along with my usual green salad with olive oil and red wine vinager. I spent four hours cleaning house before Ruben’s arrival on Friday afternoon. For entertainment I went to BBB for Bacon night.

Black Friday I finished cleaning the piso and headed to Diagonal Mar to do some grocery shopping at Alcampo. i did look around at Fnac and MediaMarkt (think Best Buy), but resisted the temptation to buy anything. Since there is no T-day, there is no Black Friday here either. On the other hand the “buying season” lasts longer, until Dia de los Reyes on January 6th.

Seasonal lights are “up” in Barcelona, but not yet lit. There were decorations up at Diagonal Mar, but they had a nautical theme with starfish and clams outlines with blue LEDs. A little strange and not very traditional.

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[User Picture]From: muckefuck
Monday, 26 Nov 07 | 04:30 (UTC)
Maybe the Reyes are riding in on three ships this year?
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[User Picture]From: gorkabear
Monday, 26 Nov 07 | 08:50 (UTC)
The Reis d'Orient have arrived quite a number of times on ships...
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Monday, 26 Nov 07 | 10:34 (UTC)

The Kings arrival

Even here in El Masnou, the Reis d'Orient arrived last year at the marina on a boat. But not on three boats,

Carles
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[User Picture]From: muckefuck
Monday, 26 Nov 07 | 15:14 (UTC)
On steamboat from the Netherlands with a mob of naughty children in tow? Oh, wait, no, that's San Nicolás...
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[User Picture]From: gorkabear
Monday, 26 Nov 07 | 21:19 (UTC)
Heheheh
Megamix of traditions!
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[User Picture]From: double_ohsteven
Monday, 26 Nov 07 | 07:58 (UTC)
I think the seafood theme was in keeping with this year's La verge de la merce celebration of 'a la mar'.
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[User Picture]From: gorkabear
Monday, 26 Nov 07 | 08:51 (UTC)
There is a large tradition of fishing and sea-themes in Barcelona. In fact, it's always been one of the most important ports on the Mediterranian...
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Monday, 26 Nov 07 | 10:35 (UTC)

Fishing and sea-themes in Barcelona

And of course this was at Diagonal Mar.

Carles
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[User Picture]From: gorkabear
Monday, 26 Nov 07 | 21:22 (UTC)

Re: Fishing and sea-themes in Barcelona

ROFL
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[User Picture]From: gorkabear
Monday, 26 Nov 07 | 08:53 (UTC)
There's a huge debate on spending public money for Xmas lights. In my town, the shops pay for them (usually by selling lottery tickets).

I just wonder what you would consider traditional. Snow themes? Santa Claus?

When I was a very very very little child, my father always took me to El Corte Inglés. They had a huge cardboard figure usually from a fairy tale. At that time, the lights were the Star of Bethlem, the 3 Wise Men and Xmas trees.
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Monday, 26 Nov 07 | 10:44 (UTC)

What you would consider traditional?

In the US "traditional" is considered using figures from the Nativity: angels, the 3 wisemen (kings), cradle with baby and so forth. Of course now it is more secular. More snowflakes, reindeer and Santa, Xmas trees. I am still waiting to see a caganer in lights here.

Often in the US the city council pays for the decorations and lighting. In capital, I think it is common that the various barrios (or merchants thereof) finance the decorations. As I remember the Ajuntament pays for the electricity.

Chuck/Carles
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