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!
Here is a list of videos I came across for la Navidad y el Día de los Reyes. I don’t have any cloze activities for these yet but I thought I’d share anyways. Enjoy!
The girl in this video is just PRECIOUS 🙂
This one is about los Reyes
Coca- Cola – Families apart on Christmas
El año viejo en Colombia
Navidad En San Cipriano
What videos do you use for this unit????
Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve posted – but the babies, the holidays and everything else have totally taken over!!!
In the next few days I’m going to post some resources for Navidad as – IT’S ONLY 3 WEEKS AWAY!!! AHHHHHH!!!!
As part of my family unit I like to discuss family traditions and celebrations- and how perfect that this unit always falls in December! I start my celebrations unit off by having the students fill out a KWL chart about what they think they know and want to know about holidays in the Spanish-speaking world.
I came across this great video from http://www.bablingua.com- it’s called ¡Feliz Navidad! and covers the basics on holiday time in Spain. It’s not free 😦 but it does come with a pretty great packet, audio files and a video for $8.00. I highly recommend it, so it’s totally worth the $$$. The video covers Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, “El Día de los Inocentes” (the Spanish version of April Fool’s Day), New Year’s, Christmas songs and typical foods. I usually do the video in chunks and then do the follow up activities from the packet and I also have the students make connections with their own celebrations.
The video also talks about the big Christmas lottery they do in Spain. Every year they come out with these great commercials promoting the lottery. Here are some of the videos I found on YouTube from this year and previous years.
Do you do a unit on holidays? What resources do you use?
My family and I are from Colombia so I can’t talk about holidays in December without talking about Colombia! Since I also talk about holiday time in Spain, it’s a great opportunity for students to compare their traditions.
The students just love to watch all of these videos and see how people really celebrate the holidays and how they are different and in many ways similar. I begin my conversations about Colombian holidays with the following video and then have them talk about what they see and how it compares to holiday time here in the US.
This next video was taken in San Cipriano in Valle del Cauca – I love it because it shows the Afro-Colombian community and although it is a bit hard for my novices to understand the video its okay because they get the visuals. After the video we also do comparisons and talk about what they do that is similar or different.
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
I love villancicos! It’s one of my favorite holiday traditions. My family and I celebrate Navidad, and one of our traditions is to do the Novena- and part of the novena is singing!
On one of my previous posts from this week, I talk about the bablingua site and their Navidad mini-unit – in it they have a karaoke for some villancicos – the kids love doing it – even if they don’t celebrate Navidad. To avoid the whole conversation about – well I don’t celebrate XYZ… I tell them that if they were to visit any Spanish-speaking country this is what they’d hear, see, etc… So we do sing villancicos in our classes!
Here is my all time favorite villancico sung by none other than Juanes!
Here are some of my other favorite songs…Some of them can be found in karaoke versions if you look on youtube 😉
Do you sing villancicos w/ your students? Which ones?
If you are looking for a good Navidad en América Latina resource, check out www.navidadlatina.com. This site has information on how holidays are celebrated in different Spanish-speaking countries, villancicos, videos, games, recipes and more. If you have native speakers or higher levels, you could have them do some sort of webquest and research what traditions are from the different countries. The site used to have an English version, which would be great for level 1’s but they got rid of that 😦
Another resource you may find useful is www.navidaddigital.com. This site has a very large list of villancicos, recipes and pictures of belenes or pesebres to see.
What resources do you use for la Navidad? How would you have your students use these resources?