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Despite Spain's economic woes, families still go all out for first communion parties

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Marketplace
Release Date: 
May 17, 2017

Spain has been one of the countries in Europe hardest hit by the economic crisis, and it has yet to bounce back: the unemployment rate is still about 19 percent. As a result, Spaniards have cut back on many aspects of life. They’re having small civil ceremonies instead of big church weddings.  Yet families continue to celebrate first communions at the same pace. In 2014, families in Spain spent almost 600 million euros on these celebrations — that’s around $640 million. And the multimillion-dollar business continues to thrive. 

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