All saints Day in Spain

All Saint’s Day, or  Dia de Todos los Santos is celebrated in Spain on November 1st and it is the day when  the Spanish remember  their dead. It is a national holiday so many businesses will closed. 


It is traditional for families to gather at the local cemetery to pay their respects to their departed loved ones . The tombstones and graves are decorated with an abundance of flowers in a huge variety of colours.  Florists sell more flowers on this day than any other time of the year and it is said that Dia de Todos los Santos represents 20% of a florist’s yearly sales!! It may say morbid, but Spanish cemeteries are always well looked after and are quite beautiful but even more so at this time of year.  There are 2 cemeteries in Manilva, one adjoining Manilva church and the “new” slightly more modern cemetery just of the link road to the motorway.

manilva cemetary

Now, being Spain, it wouldn’t be a fiesta without some sort of food being involved. Traditional delicacies eaten on All Saint’s day are  ” buñuelos de viento” (puffs of wind!) which are like little doughnuts sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon and Huesos de Santo (Saint´s Bones) which are made of marzipan, egg yolk and sugar syrup. Local bakeries will sell dozens of these treats during the holiday period.