La Noche de Las Velitas

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!

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A Great Resource!

Have you visited the site http://www.bablingua.com?  If not- it is a MUST for Spanish teachers- all levels!  Created by a few teachers in Spain, bablingua has videos and listening activities and other activities you can purchase and use in your classroom- from weather to the alphabet to Christmas in Spain, they’ve covered pretty much all the topics you’ll cover in your class. Check them out!

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