Spain is one of the largest countries in all of Europe, occupying most of the Iberian Peninsula. Notorious for its hot sun, tourists flock to Spain for the sunny beaches along the Mediterranean Sea. There's so much more to discover about Spain, if you take the time to look, with holidays, festivals and traditional celebrations.
Spanish people are extroverts and they know exactly how to enjoy life with food and fiestas. Fiercely protective of their families they are also an extremely proud nation. Let’s take a closer look at this splendid country and how they can infect you with their carnival spirit. With images of bullfights, matadors and flamenco dancing come to mind, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Throw in a gigantic Spanish Raffle where you could win millions and you have it made.
One of the first images that cross our minds while thinking of Spain is their notorious bullfights with Matador’s dressed in red, angry bulls and crowds cheering. Although controversial, with animal activists condemning the sport, this tradition is very closely associated with Spain and we can trace its origins back to 711 A.D.
Running of the Bulls
One of Spain’s most famous festivals and a magnet for thrill-seekers world wide is the Running of the bulls. Hundreds of thousands of Spanish and international tourists dressed in a white T-shirts and red bandanas run through narrow streets ahead of bulls with only a newspaper to protect themselves.
Spaniards are famous for their ability to create a fiesta and celebrate anything in a big way. Fiestas are held throughout the year and the most usual one is La Tomatina (Tomato throwing). La Tomatina is celebrated in the last week in August in the Valencian town of Buñol. It’s a comic battle where thousands of people fight it out with a juicy red tomato. Lasting exactly one hour, the arena rapidly turns to a tomato mush.
The rules of the game are simple:
- Tomatoes have to be squashed before you can throw them
- No harmful objects are allowed
- Participants have to give way to trucks and vehicles
- Ripping of T-shirts is not allowed
- After the second shot, no more tomatoes are allowed to be thrown
Spaniards are passionate people and passionate people need a lottery big enough to get their pulse racing even faster. Lucky for them there are quite a few Spanish lotteries and raffles to keep pace with their lotto needs:
The La Primitiva lottery is the most popular lottery in Spain and is also the oldest running lottery in the world. La Primitiva oozes the rich Spanish tradition. Draws take place twice a week, every Thursday and Saturday at the official lottery draw studios of Loterias y Apuestas del Estado who are based in Madrid, Spain.
El Gordo (The Big One) was first launched in 1993, as a monthly draw the El Gordo lottery was changed to a weekly draw in 1997. El Gordo lottery is played once a week on Sunday. No sales are made on Sunday therefore the cut-off for buying a ticket is the Saturday afternoon before the draw.
September Spanish Raffle
PlayHugeLottos is happy to announce that tickets for the September Spanish Raffle (Loteria Nacional Extra) are now available. The draw will be held on the 4th September, 2014 with 84,000,000 Euros up for grabs.
Remember that the number of tickets is limited, so don’t delay purchasing your entry online indefinitely. After winning a prize, you could just see yourself running with bulls, throwing tomatoes and enjoying all the Spain has to offer!