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Birthdays and Saint’s Days
as well as Patron Saint's Days (Santo or Dia del Santo), are celebrated in Spain . Spain is predominantly a Catholic
country. New-borns are usually given the names of saints, martyrs and the different images and advocations of Mary, Mother of Jesus. A list of saints/martyrs/Mary mother of Jesus advocations, and their corresponding dates can be found on the website:
For instance, if a lady's name is 'Carmen', look on the above website for the date when the "Virgen del Carmen" is celebrated. That happens to be on July 16. On that day, Carmen's friends and family will phone/text to wish her a happy Patron Saint's day (Dia del Santo). This is a typical tradition in Spain . Presents might be offered in past times, but are nowadays becoming less usual. .