Spain is a country full of exciting and colourful culture, from bullfights to fiestas and flamenco, Spain is a country hosting some of the most famous traditional festivals in the world.
Bullfighting is a big part of traditional Spanish culture, spectators gather around a ring in which the men fighting the bulls present themselves to the audience. The doors are then opened at the side of the ring and a bull is allowed in to fight the opponent. Using a red or purple and yellow rag, the bullfighter will show how he can control the bull and then kill him using a sword. Although this tradition sounds brutal, it has been practiced for thousands of years and is a popular part of Spanish culture.
Another popular aspect of Spanish culture is flamenco dancing. It involves singing, dancing and guitar playing, which is consider a Spanish art. Flamenco dancing originated in Andalusia in southern Spain and has spread all over the country. Flamenco dancers traditionally wear beautiful red and black dresses and often uses castanets of Spanish fans incorporated into the dance. Flamenco is an important part of Spanish Culture and is extremely popular.
Spain is known for its astonishing and intriguing fiestas, for example the fiesta of Alagamesi where there is a competition on who can make the tallest human tower, the famous San Fermin where bulls are allowed onto the streets and there is a huge race through the town, Tomatina, perhaps one of the most bizarre festivals in which trucks of tomatoes are brought into the town and pelted in a big snowball style tomato fight. These festivals having been celebrated for hundreds of years and are important to the Spaniards, all fiestas incorporate fun and most are specially aimed at children allowing communities to come together.
Communities in Spain are a huge part of the culture, most Spanish communities are very close and partake in traditions together creating a friendly, loving and traditional environment.
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