Friday, 29 October 2010

National holiday on Monday, November 1

As might be expected, All Saints Day is also a bank holiday in Spain. Known as Tosantos in the colloquial, not only are all offices, banks, schools and shops closed but everyone visits their relatives in the cemetery, which is why you will se people in town you may never have noticed before (they're the alive ones) and flowers cost ten times as much as usual. It's a tradition that is in contrast to the imported Halloween festivites of the night before, which might explain why the people visiting the cemeteries tend to be older.

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