Celebrate Spring!

Posted by Kara Parker on March 9, 2015 in April, Celebrations, Culture, March, March/April, May

Except for that dreaded Daylight Savings Time change, spring is amazing! The crocuses are popping through the leftover snow and the sun warms you during a brisk walk. All this and more proves why the world celebrates spring! Take a glance at some different celebrations…

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Las Fallas, Travel Channel, 2015

The pictures are beautiful for these celebrations! Check out this collection from the Travel Channel. These could start some good conversations about comparisons and inferences.

Student cultures: Do you have any “spring celebrations?” What do you celebrate? When? How? With whom? What kinds of decorations? Why? What kind of representations are there? (eggs = new)

Other cultures: What do you see? Where do you think this festival is happening? Why? What is similar to your culture? What is different? What about representations? Common themes?


 

Busqueda Primavera

You could let students draw different countries, research and then share with a quick presentation about spring celebrations. Then give them a map, a graphic organizer and do a gallery walk for written presentations or Pecha Kucha for spoken presentations.


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Here are some Spring celebrations in Spanish-speaking countries. 

Primavera Sound, fiesta ‘indie’ / Barcelona, España / entre el 22 y el 26 de mayo 

http://www.primaverasound.com

Equinoccio de primavera / México / 20 o 21 de marzo

http://geo-mexico.com/?p=8848

Las Fallas / Valencia, España / marzo

http://www.fallasfromvalencia.com/es

Semana Santa / España / entre el 29 de marzo de 2015 y el 6 de abril de 2015

http://listas.20minutos.es/lista/cual-es-la-mejor-ciudad-para-vivir-la-semana-santa-en-espana-379988/

La Fiesta de los Patios / Córdoba, España / entre el 8 y el 19 de mayo

http://patios.cordoba.es

Cerezo en flor / Valle del Jerte, España

http://tendencias.cincodias.com/2013/04/solo-en-primavera.html

Just because it is for spring, doesn’t mean it happens when the U.S. celebrates it!

Festival Internacional de la Primavera / Trujillo, Peru / Mes de septiembre o octubre de cada año

What SPRING CELEBRATIONS do you talk about in class? Please share below!

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7 comments for “Celebrate Spring!”

  1. Bianca says:

    Love these great ideas! Muchas gracias!! Daylight savings time hit us so hard today and I am so exhausted after a full day of teaching ~ excellent timing with your inspirational posts!

    1. Kara Parker says:

      I’m glad to know I’m not the only one that Daylight Savings Time messes with! 🙂

  2. Beth says:

    Fiesta San Antoni in April! We make cascarones and talk about the celebration, the city, and Hispanic heritage in US.
    (Caramba! Time change seemed harder than ever today!)

  3. I went to this one many years ago – best pork I ever ate (carved right out of the whole pig, um, yum?) 😉

    http://fiestasdeambato.com/

    1. Kara Parker says:

      YUM!!

  4. I love comparing different celebrations around the world! My boyfriend is from Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico and the city always hosts a very large and important festival during the springtime called Cumbre Tajín. The event is hosted near the Totonac pyramid site, el Tajín, and they invite different musicians from around the world to play their music. Some of the artists this year include Santana and Macklemore. There are also many other activities to do during the day and at night. Here is the website if you want to check it out: http://cumbretajin.com/2015/es

    1. Kara Parker says:

      This is great info! Thanks for sharing Nicole.

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