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Venezuela- Roller Skating

VENEZUELA: “For locals in the capital of Caracas, it is customary to strap on your roller skates and glide to Christmas mass. As legend has it, children go to bed with a piece of string tied round their toe and the other end dangling out of the window. As skaters … Continue reading Venezuela- Roller Skating

Guatemala- Sawdust Carpets

GUATEMALA: Thousands of Catholics in Antigua, Guatemala join together during Lent each year to make colored sawdust carpets in preparation for Semana Santa, or Holy Week. In 2014, they broke the Guinness Book of World Records and made the longest sawdust carpet ever, at an astounding 6,600 feet. Watch the … Continue reading Guatemala- Sawdust Carpets

Cuba- Holidays

CUBA: For New Year’s, many Cubans mop their houses from top to bottom, and fill up a bucket with the dirty water. Next, they dump this water in the street, as a symbolic gesture to “throw away” all of the bad stuff from this past year and begin anew. Later, … Continue reading Cuba- Holidays

Holiday Packet 2020

My Dear Friends, Fellow Linguists, and Citizens of the World: The holidays are a time for family, friends, and much merriment. Hopefully, amidst the frantic shoppers and bumper-to-bumper traffic, you are able to relax and find some peace and joy in the season. That said, learning does not stop or … Continue reading Holiday Packet 2020

Christmas Songs in Spanish

***New Year’s Song Song Links Feliz Navidad (Jose Feliciano) Feliz Navidad (KidzBop) 20 Mejores Villancicos Rodolfo el reno Cascabeles (Jingle Bells) Noche de paz (Silent Night) Burrito Sabanero Blanca Navidad (White Christmas) Todo lo que quiero para Navidad More Arre Borrequito Carol of the Bells Andrea Bocelli Hoy es Navidad … Continue reading Christmas Songs in Spanish

Mexico- Radish Festival

MEXICO: Mexico has a lot of holiday traditions this time of year, but one particularly unique one is Noche de los Rábanos (Night of the Radishes) in Oaxaca. Here, people spend all day long carving radishes into beautifully intricate sculptures; they earn cash prizes for the best ones. Watch the … Continue reading Mexico- Radish Festival

Mexico- Cinco de Mayo

MEXICO: Cinco de Mayo means “May 5th” in Spanish. It is celebrated especially in Puebla, Mexico, but has become popular in the United States to recognize Mexican culture in general. Historically, it is important because while Mexico’s army was the underdog and expected to lose a battle way back in 1862, … Continue reading Mexico- Cinco de Mayo

Spain- La Tomatina

Image Credit SPAIN: La Tomatina is a famous tomato-throwing fight that takes place every August in Spain. Tens of thousands of visitors flock to the city of Buñol to participate. While some say that it is a huge waste of tomatoes, a #funfact is that the acidity of the tomatoes … Continue reading Spain- La Tomatina