This page contains ideas, information, and materials for teaching and learning about holiday celebrations in Spanish.

Holidays


Carnaval




Por fin es carnaval - A lesson plan developed by Mari Haas

Taino Coloring Page

Vejigante Lesson Plan

VejiganteMasquerader.jpg


Christmas


Christmas Carols


- Villancico Arre Borriquito (lyrics)
- Villancico A Belén Pastores (lyrics)

- Villancico Hacia Belén Va Una Burra Rin Rin

Significado de la rosca de reyes


SpanishLanguageExercises.gif - A template that students can use to write a letter to the Three Kings



Day of the Dead


Ofrendas.jpg - A set of interactive activities by Barbara Kuczun Nelson based on the song Ofrendas, an image essay, and interviews designed to help students practice the future tense and food vocabulary

Boda Negra by Ana Gabriel - Story of a man who goes to the cemetery to be with his dead wife's skeleton (most useful for more mature audiences)


Calaverita by Santa Cecilia - Positive, contemporary (2015) upbeat song by a chicano band filled with cultural references to Day of the Dead traditions



General

Calendario del amor
- Video quality is poor, but the song is useful for teaching months of the year and holidays


San Fermin


SanFermin.jpg - A set of interactive activities by Barbara Kuczun Nelson designed to help students learn about various aspects of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain during San Fermín as they practice the preterit v. imperfect based on the song Uno de enero

Semana Santa



LaSemanaSantaDulcesTipicos.JPG - Online audio with self-checking exercises that teachers can modify by logging in

SemanaSantaEnEspana.JPG - Readings, videos, etc., all with self-checking comprehension exercises that teachers can modify by logging in



Valentine's Day


SpanishLanguageExercises.gif- A template that students can use to write a Valentine's Day card



Resources


DibujaliaLogo.png - Coloring worksheets for many holidays that are specific to Spanish-speaking countries, as well as to U.S. holidays

How-to Articles & Videos

LaInformacionPracticopedia.JPG - Fabulous site in Spanish that contains both how-to videos and well-scaffolded how-to print articles illustrated with photos for accomplishing a variety of tasks on a variety of topics, including body, cars, education, environment, fashion, food, games and hobbies, health, home and garden, languages, law, music and dance, parties, personal finance, parenting, pets, relationships, shopping, sports, technology, travel, and work



See also: Colors, Family, Weather & Seasons