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This seems entirely civilized to me.
Yes, when your primary meal of the day is lunch including half a cask of red wine, you will need a nice lie-down especially in the heat of Spain! It seems that the demands of the global economy were reaching through their employers and into their customs, and the people were brave enough to finally say, “No!”.
P.S. They get up early going to bed after midnight e.g. they do not sleep as long at night.
We have those at my house. We call it naptime, but it’s the same idea.
It seems to me this is not new. I remember visiting a pen-pal in Barcelona in 1962, and her father’s lunch time lasted till 4 p.m., and all or most of the stores were closed as well.