Spain Could Add Siesta To Protected Cultural Icons

An application has been presented to Madrid authorities calling for the 'siesta' to be given special cultural status to ensure its preservation. Bullfighting already is included on the list of "special cultural value," which is protected by law.

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No sooner did the regional government in Madrid declare bull fighting should be legally protected as a cultural treasure than an animal rights activist made his own proposal. He filed an application declaring that if bull fighting has been part of Spanish culture since time in memorial, then so, too, has the siesta. His mocking application suggests protecting this other Spanish art form by installing beds on the streets.

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