Spanish Culture

How has youth culture affected the culture of Spain?

Introduction

In this document, you will see our research about Spanish Culture, how it's changed and answering our main question. You will also get to now what the effects of the changes are, some possible scenarios and our personal response to this.

Local, National and Global

As there are not many Spanish people in Hong Kong, if their youth culture changed in HK, then they would blend in with the Hong Kong culture. However, since in the modern day, there are more people from different cultures in different countries, there are very few countries that retain their culture from 50 years ago or so. This also is the same all around the world.

Then

Back then in Spain, there were many things, such as food, holidays and festivals, that are still around today. But, nowadays, we have the internet and so the main things that teenagers do is go to the mall hang out with their mates or stay home and go on the internet. However, back then, they didn't have these options, so one of the most popular things to do was to play football. Football was and still is very big in Spain and many popular football players have come from Spain.

Now

Spain is a great spot for vacations for young people. You have a lot of good things to do. Spanish teenagers often get together in the city center and hang out, with nothing to fear, since Spain is a very safe country. Also, there are various theme parks and water parks, which teenagers choose to go to to hang out and have fun.

Effects

If Spain's youth culture changes then there will be many effects, both positive and negative. Here are some of them.


Positive:


  • Following trends/Being trendy and following their passions
  • Will be the same as other countries because that's how it is



Negative:

  • You can't keep your history alive
  • The next generation can't experience the history

Food

Spain is very famous for many of their traditional dishes. Spain is one of the few countries that have retained their culture of food and one of their most famous type of food is paella. Some other famous Spanish foods are tortillas and iberic ham.

Holidays

In Spain there are the usual holidays, like Christmas - as Spain is mostly a Christian country - but, they also have some very unique holidays. One of the most famous holidays is called Semana Santa. Also known as Holy Week, Semana Santa is similar to what we call easter, but instead, it has a much more religious meaning. Another famous holiday is San Fermín. San Fermín is a holiday, which, like the Semana Santa, lasts for a week. In this week the local Spanish will be holding many events, like the encierro, or the running of the bulls.

Festivals

There are some very famous festivals in Spain, and surprisingly, there are many that still remain from a long time ago. The first one we are going to focus on is the Tomatina Festival. In the Tomatina, people go around the town/city and throw smased tomatoes and it's like a food fight, but with tomatoes. The next one is bull fighting, and everyone knows bull fighting. This is when there is one person in a ring with a bull and there are spectator around the ring. Back when bull fighting first started, it's main aim was to test the bullfighter's courage and bravery, but nowadays it's just kept there for its fun and for tradition as well. Finally, we have Human Towers. Also known as Castell, the Human Towers are pretty self-explanatory. It's when people in Spain, stand on top of each other and make a tower.

Possible Scenarios

  1. Spain can move on from their past and become a technologically advanced country.
  2. The traditions slowly start to go away and Spain becomes very slow technologically speaking.
  3. They try to keep their traditions alive by hosting monthly/yearly events to do these traditions.

Personal Response

Marc:

As a Spanish person who recently came from Spain to Hong Kong, I have grown up seeing the changes that have occurred throughout the years. When I was a little boy, I used to always go outside and play football and other games like that, but when I got older, I was more attached to the electronic devices.


Arjun:

As I have never been to Spain and neither am I from Spain, I don't think that this problem really affects me. However, I do think that this problem will raise with many other countries and then it will affect a whole lot more people.

Conclusion

In conclusion, we think that youth culture has affected Spain in both positive and negative ways and only time can tell what will happen next.

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