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For local residents social and financial positions play a vital role. Residents of Madrid are very willful. They are distinguished by pride and attention to appearance. Image and reputation – these are the main aspects of the life of local people. However, people here are very negative to any display of self-confidence. It’s not common to flaunt wealth and social superiority among the locals. The townspeople usually greet each other with a firm handshake, and close friends or relatives may accompany the greeting with a hug. It should be noted that using only names to call each other is the prerogative of close friends only. Colleagues and friends call each other by the family name or by title.
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Locals have much respect for travelers who try to speak Spanish. Even if it is not very good, such tourist will certainly attract attention and get the necessary help. Emotional expression of there is normal for the citizens of Madrid. Together with friends even men can exchange kisses on a cheek and greet one another with a hug. The Spanish people are friendly to visitors. They love their city and are proud of the fact that it attracts so many travelers.
Christmas holidays are the time for a special celebration for citizens. All celebrations here are always held with a grand scale and attract many tourists. All main activities are organized on Plaza Mayor, where takes place the Christmas fair. During several days the streets of the city are decorated with beautiful illuminations, and the squares of the city become the location of interesting presentations and children's holidays. The celebration ends with the traditional procession of the Magi. A company of people in beautiful vintage costumes runs through the streets of the city and tells people the good news. The people, in their turn, thank ‘the Magi’ with generous gifts.
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