¡Celebremos! Let's celebrate!
La Noche de los Rábanos (Night of the Radishes) La Tomatina (largest food fight in the world) These are just a couple of the celebrations that are found in the Spanish speaking world!
The Spanish 2 classes just finished their Holiday Project. Each student chose a Hispanic holiday from a list and created a poster with pictures and information to present to the class. Some of the holidays have historical significance like Mexican Independence Day (September 16), Cinco de Mayo and Fiestas Patrias (Chile). Most of the celebrations have a connection to religion: Navidad (Christmas), Semana Santa (Holy Week) and Día de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day). Others are just for fun like La Tomatina and La Noche de los Rábanos.
The students learned that each country has their own traditions for Christmas and Easter and that most children don’t receive presents on Christmas or Christmas Eve but on Three Kings Day. They also learned that the Hispanic world honors their friends and family members that have passed on Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and Día de Todos Santos (All Saints’ Day). They also learned about bullfighting in Spain and the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona. They also learned about cultural traditions that are continued in the United States with the Quniceañera (a girl’s fifteenth birthday celebration).
What is La Noche de los Rábanos? On December 23 in Oaxaca, Mexico people carve very large radishes depicting scenes like the Nativity. It’s a contest with a monetary prize. And La Tomatina? During the summer in Buñol, Spain they have a huge tomato fight. It lasts only an hour but they manage to use several tons of tomatoes!
¡Feliz Navidas! ¡Próspero Año Nuevo!