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Dia de la MadreSpanish Mothers Day
On May 30th join the RadioTorrevieja Road Show for afamily fun day raising muchneeded funds for the Animal
Welfare Centre, Finca LaCastellana, in San Miguel.
The day is taking place in ElRaso and starts at 12noon.
There will be lots of stall andevents on the day including
singers and line dancers.
On the 1st June in ElChaparral, Torrevieja, the
Radio Torrevieja Road Showwill be at the Cup Cake Char-
ity day in aid of the ElcheChildrens home. The day
starts at 1pm, there will be acup cake competition, partygames, a raffle, tombola, a
BBQ and much more.If youd like the Radio Torrevieja
Roadshow at your event contact us on965 99 66 66 for more details.
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May Day, May 1st, is celebrated in many
places around the world. The traditions and
stories surrounding May Day vary from place
to place. There is, however, one thing that is
similar in most celebrations, the use of flow-
ers. One of the most popularly known May
Day traditions is to hang a basket full of
small gifts on a
knob. The trick is
you don't want
the neighbour to
see you! If you
get caught, you
are supposed to
get a kiss.
activity on May
Day is to decorate
a pole with
brightly coloured ribbon or paper streamers.
Some also add flowers and balloons. The
Maypole was set up on the village green,
which was typically the centre of the village.
The Maypole was made of the trunk of a tall
tree, such as birch, and was decorated with
bright flowers of the field. In celebration of the
season, the villagers danced and sang around
the Maypole, accompanied by the music of a
piper. Often the dance was performed by
dancers wearing colourful costumes upon
which hung sev-
eral small bells.
maiden of the vil-
lage was chosen
to be the Queen
of the May. In
some regions of
England a May
King was also
Queen and King
of May led the vil-
lage dancers and
ruled over the
May Day festivi-
ties. During the Elizabethan period the king
and queen were called Robin Hood and Maid
May Day TraditionsFit For A Queen
May Day TraditionsFit For A Queen
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These festivities reached their height in Eng-
land during the Middle Ages. They were heav-
ily influenced by Italian forms of celebration
dating back to the time of ancient Rome. On
the first day of May, English villagers arose at
daybreak to wander the countryside gathering
blossoming flowers and branches.
An old English custom, still observed in some
areas, involves a house-to-house visit by chil-
dren, who bring flowers in exchange for pen-
nies. Once the pennies are collected, the
children toss them into a wishing well. Today
the pennies are donated to charity.
Here in Spain the May 1 celebrations were es-
tablished after the end of Franco's dictator-
ship in 1975; before that, it had been
celebrated during the Spanish Second Repub-
lic period (19311939), but it was banned af-
terwards by the Franco regime. The first time
it was celebrated was in 1977, when the Com-
munist Party of Spain was legalized. Since
then, it has become an official holiday that
has been traditionally used by trade unions
and leftist parties for social and labour vindi-
cations. Commonly, pacific demonstrations
and parades are made in most big cities.
In France the month of May is sacred to the
Virgin Mary. Virginal young girls serve as May
queens and lead processions in honour of the
Virgin Mary, carrying a statue of the virgin
crowned with flowers. Cows appear in French
May Day festivals, possibly as the remnant of
a forgotten mother image or symbol of fertility
and nurturing. Bundles of flowers are tied and
draped around the cows tail as they are led
along in street parades. To touch one of the
cows is believed to bring good luck, and
everyone makes the attempt. An old custom
that remains is to drink warm milk directly
from the cow on May Day morning. This is
said to bring good fortune throughout the
In Germany, one tradition is for boys to se-
cretly plant a May tree in front of the window
of the girl they love to ensure fidelity and the
return of love.
In Greece the acknowledgment of the May
season begins with a custom linked to an-
cient omens. Greek children set out early in
the morning to search for the first swallow of
spring. When the bird is located, the children
go from door to door, singing songs of spring.
The neighbours in turn offer special treats to
the children such as fruits, nuts, and cakes.
On May 1st, people in Hawaii celebrate their
own version of May Day; they call it Lei Day.
People give Hawaiian leis to each other. They
put them around each other's necks and
sometimes give a traditional kiss. Lei Day
began in 1928 and is mixed with traditional
Hawaiian celebrations complete with pag-
eants, a Lei Queen, and her court.
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In The UK when you buy or sell a property, you have a surveyor !
In Spain now you need a European Energy Certificate from a qualified
Architect or Technical Engineer specialised in Energy ratings. "Spain is
two years behind the rest of Europe in introducing the residential en-
ergy certification". It was introduced into Spain by law on 1st January
2013 by Royal Degree.235/2013
The Spanish Government drafted legislation that is going into effect in
June 2013 and will force all the properties / houses / commercial prop-
erties that are for sale or rent, to hold a certificate of energy efficiency
to be produced at the Notary as part of the sale / purchase of the prop-
Professional Business Support put the following Questions to our Certi-
PBS: What is the certification of energy efficiency?
Architect: Energy certification is a measurement that is made to as-
sign properties with an appraisal by assessing the energy efficiency of
the property. In general the formula of the certificate is Kg Co2 / m2
year. Exactly what it involves is taking a series of data of the property,
to calculate some variables then study the data to get a result as an
energy rating. The Data taken includes photos, Building qualities, Insu-
lation, orientation, plan, heating, appliances. This then becomes a rat-
ing, as currently incorporated with all new electrical appliances, and
that goes from A to G, with qualified properties obtaining an A rating
being the most efficie