The culture of Spain

Find out about Spanish culture


Here’s the script for this episode of Where in the World: Spain all about the culture of Spain.

Hola! ¿Cómo te va todo?  That means “Hello, how are you?” in Spanish!  As you might have therefore guessed, I’m in Spain with another crazy riddle for you to solve.  And it looks like it’s all about the culture of this beautiful country.

Have a look – what do YOU think it could be about?

As colourful as a dream, the strangest ever seen.

Hmm!  I think I’m going to start my search with some of Spain’s amazing food!

Spain’s food certainly is colourful!  You won’t be able to miss the delicious yellow tortilla – which is a potato omelette.  Sometimes it’s served for breakfast which might sound strange… but if you ask me, a bit more exciting than soggy old cornflakes!

Another famous Spanish dish is paella!  This rice-based dish from Valencia is well-known around the world.  It’s a fried mixture of meats or seafood with white and green beans and other vegetables.  For the adventurous, a black rice stained by octopus ink is a must try!  Strange?  Well yes a bit!  So does this answer our riddle?

Hmm!  Well perhaps the answer lies in Spain’s colourful fiestas!

A fiesta is a celebration, especially those which happen at the same time each year.  Many of them have their origins in religious events and all are VERY colourful, and can be noisy too!

The first fiesta of the year takes place in the Puerta del Sol square in Madrid where thousands gather to welcome the New Year.  It’s traditional to swallow a grape for each chime of the bell!  Easter is another time that sees hundreds of vibrant traditional celebrations, along with the April Fair in Seville.

Many of the fiestas in Spain feature gigantes y cabezudos, roughly “Giants and Big-Heads” – costumed performers who wear massive paper mache outfits.  The performers parade through the streets to the cheers of the crowds.  Now a giant’s parade sounds both strange and colourful… but is that the answer to our riddle?

OK!  One last try.  Maybe we need to find an art gallery!

Two of the most famous Spanish painters of all time were Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.  Picasso painted in a style called Cubism.  This is where the portrait or the scene looks broken and mixed up.

Salvador Dali was a surrealist painter – he painted his dreams and as dreams can be strange, so were his paintings!   Nothing looks quite as you’d expect and there’s a famous one you might have seen, with a melting clock.  There’s an incredible museum all about Dali in Catalonia, you can’t miss it because it has giant eggs on the roof!

So to go back to the riddle, it said “As colourful as a dream, the strangest ever seen.”  I think the Dali museum ticks all those boxes – it’s full of colour, dreams and beautifully strange art.  Is that our answer?

Brilliant!  We’ve solved the riddle!  See you next time!

Find out more about Spain in more episodes of our series, Where in the World: Spain.

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