Spanish Culture


The Spanish culture is basically a European culture and it is influenced by various other cultures such as pre-Roman cultures, mainly the celts and the Iberians cultures. The Spanish language and religion has been greatly influenced by Ancient Romans. The Muslim impact was more during 711 AD to the 15th century.  As the Muslims defeated throughout the Christian "Reconquista" (Reconquest) era between 1000 and 1492, Spain was converted into a completely Roman Catholic country. The history of the country, along with its Mediterranean and Atlantic environment has contributed a lot in shaping up the Spanish culture.

By the end of the nineteenth and twentieth century, citizens of Spain had adopted cultural diversity that was easier than what was since last seven centuries. It was the same period when Spain was more and more attracted towards a varied international culture.


Traditional Spanish diet includes products from agrarian, pastoral, and horticultural society.

The Following are the Main Staples:

  • Bread (preferably wheat)
  • Legumes
  • Rice
  • Garden vegetables
  • Cured pork products
  • Lamb and veal
  • Eggs
  • Barnyard animals
  • Locally available wild herbs
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Salt fish
  • Orchard fruits and nuts
  • Grapes and wine made from grapes
  • Milk of cows, sheep, and/or goats

Among the Garden Vegetables, Spanish People Love

  • Potatoes
  • Peppers
  • Green peas Tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Cabbages
  • Chard
  • Asparagus
  • Artichokes
  • Vegetable thistle
  • Zucchini squash
  • Eggplant

When Spanish people do not have non-veg food, they make it up with cocido with saltcod (bacalao) or salted congereel ( cóngrio ). In Spain, the two commercialized herbs that are used heavily in Spanish cuisines are paprika and saffron.


Modern Spanish people used to wear T-shirts or other loose tops and a cap on the head. Winter clothes of Spain include a warm overcoat and gloves. The traditional clothes of Spanish women are Mantilla, Peineta and Gilet. However, with changing lifestyle and fashion, Spain has witnessed improvement in its dressing sense.


Most of the Spaniards are Catholic. Though majority of population follow the rituals performed by the Catholics, the complexity of Catholic tradition compels certain religious group to perform their customs separately.


The following are some of the events celebrated by Spanish people with lots of joy and enthusiasm:

  • Semana Santa
  • San Fermin
  • Nudist Events
  • Tomatina Tomato Fight
  • Las Fallas Valencia
  • Christmas
  • Tamborrada

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