Advent is a season of the Christian liturgical year that begins four Sundays before Christmas. It is a time of preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas.
The word “Advent” comes from the Latin word “adventus,” which means “coming.” During Advent, Catholics traditionally focus on the coming of Jesus as both the human baby born in Bethlehem and as the divine Son of God who will come again at the end of time.
Advent is a time of expectation and anticipation, and it is often marked by special Advent calendars, wreaths, and candles. Many Catholics also observe Advent by praying, fasting, and doing good works in preparation for Christmas.
How is Catholic Advent celebrated in Spain?
Advent is celebrated in Spain in much the same way as it is in other parts of the Catholic world. During Advent, Catholics in Spain may participate in special Advent devotions and observances, such as lighting the Advent wreath, saying the Advent prayers, and attending Mass on the Sundays of Advent.
In Spain, it is also common for people to decorate their homes with Christmas lights and other decorations, and to exchange gifts with loved ones. Some Catholics in Spain may also observe the tradition of “Las Posadas,” which involves reenacting Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem, and singing Christmas carols.
Advent in Spain is a time of preparation for the celebration of Christmas, and it is marked by a sense of excitement and joy as people anticipate the coming of “El niño Jesús“.
Printable Spanish Advent Calendar
Here is a Catholic advent calendar in Spanish to download and print. Each day has a challenge for you to do it alone, with your friends or family.