A Lively Tradition

October 26, 2019

Diario de Madrid [CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)]
We love talking about traditions at Xyza because sharing different traditions is a great way of learning about different people and cultures. One of Xyza co-founder Joann’s family traditions is that noodles are eaten on birthdays. Noodles symbolize long life, and by eating noodles, Joann’s family is wishing the birthday boy or girl a happy and long life. In San Francisco, many participants of the Bay to Breakers (an event that takes runners and walkers across the city in a nearly seven-and-a-half-mile race course) dress up in costumes to run or walk the race. In Madrid, Spain, there’s a longstanding tradition that involves sheep and other livestock passing through the center of the city. Why? Before Madrid became the modern city that it is today, it was a passage way for shepherds to herd their livestock. Shepherds would pay the mayor fifty coins for every thousand sheep that passed through. As a way of remembering and paying homage to Madrid’s past, the people of Madrid celebrate the Fiesta de la Trashumancia every October when thousands of livestock (primarily sheep) are herded through the city while music plays and people dance.

What is one of your family’s traditions? Email editor@xyzanews.com and share your holiday traditions with us!

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