La Noche de Las Velitas is the official start of the holiday season in Colombia. It is a very special night in which families gather to light candles and lanterns in honor the Immaculate Conception. The festivities begins at sunset on 7th December and ends at sunrise on 8th December. People place paper lanterns and candles on their windowsills porches, balconies, streets, sidewalks, squares and parks.
Here is a video with more info!
In my 8th grade classes we do a unit on December holidays and focus on holidays in Colombia and Spain. We begin the unit by talking about holidays they celebrate and the first holiday we learn about is this one. One special video we watch is this Home Center video – it is a great video to build vocabulary and if you have higher level students talk about indigenous tribes, environment and giving back to the community.
Here are two activities I do with La Noche de Las Velitas – one reading and one listening. Do you teach December holidays? Which ones?! Share below!
In Colombia, La Noche de las Velitas is the unofficial start of Christmas. This takes place this weekend – the night of December 7th. On this evening people adorn their homes, balconies, patios, and the streets with candles, lights and lanterns in honor of the Virgen’s Immaculate Conception. It really is a site to see! I will be teaching my students about this special day next week. I created a quick and sweet reading and comprehension activity for my students and will be showing them the slide show and videos below. I had some trouble finding resources, so if you have anything to share I’d love to see it!
Here is my activity on TPT – http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Christmas-in-Colombia-La-Navidad-en-Colombia-La-Noche-de-Las-Velitas-1009965