Navidad, dulce Navidad [5] El Gordo

Christmas in Spain wouldn’t be the same without El Gordo – the Christmas Lottery. People begin buying tickets in the summer and everybody has their favourite place to buy from. “La Bruixa d’Or” in the small Catalan town of Sort (aptly the Catalan word for luck) is the favourite of the whole country and further afield as regular coach trips and internet sales attest.

Every December 22nd the country comes to a standstill as the hopeful gather around tv sets & radios in bars. workplaces and homes to listen to children from an exclusive Madrid school call the numbers. After the Gordo itself is called there is a bit of an anticlimax but the tv tries to make up for it with endless interviews with the lucky winners wasting thousands of bottles of cava around the nation.

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