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Next week we have Halloween, Día de Los Muertos, and Día de Los Santos. There are three different celebrations, with different origins, meaning, and traditions. In this page, you will find resources to understand what they are all about. Let's begin with:
"El Día de Los Muertos"
Below is a movie that shows an important part of the traditions:
Los Alebrijes and their history.
La Comida Tradicional (Día de Los Muertos)
Mexico's food well-known and during the celebration of Día de Los Muertos, there are several traditional plates that are served all over the country.
En el siguiente video...[In the following video, you can learn about this food].
"El Día de Los Santos"
El primero de Noviembre es el Día de Los Santos, fiesta que honrra a todos los Santos Cristianos. La celebración original era en la primavera (Spring), pero el Papa Gregorio IV, cambió su fecha en el año 835 AD.
[November 1 is All Saints' Day, a feast day to honor all the Christian saints. The original date that the early church chose for All Saints' Day was in the spring, but in the western church, it was moved to November 1 in 835 by Pope Gregory IV. This date just happened to coincide with the Celtic festival of Samhain, which marked the end of the year and the commemoration of the dead]
¿Quién es un Santo? / Who is a Saint?
Las tr[es celebraciones tienen elementos comunes, pero tienen significado diferente.These three celebrations have some elements in common, but they have different meanings].
Aquí puedes aprender más acerca del "Día de Los Santos":
[Here you can learn more about Dia de Los Santos]
¿Qué es Halloween? Cómo comenzó?
What is Halloween? How did it start?
El nombre original viene del inglés antiguo halig, que significa "Santo".
El treinta y uno de octubre es el día antes del Día de los Santos y se llamó: All Hollows´ Even ó all Hallows´ Eve´. Con el tiempo cambió a Halloween, como lo llamamos ahora.
[The original name for All Saints' Day, November 1st is called 'All Hallows Day, and the eve before (Oct 31st), was called All Hallows´ Even' or 'All Hallows'Eve'.
Hallow comes from the Old English adjective hālig, which means "holy". 'All Hallows' Even' was shortened to 'Hallow-e'en' by the 16th century].
Halloween ha sido inspiración para muchos pintores famosos.
[It has been the inspiration to several famous painters.]
The picture LEFT (izquierda), is a
Jamie Wyeth, a very famous Contemporary American Artis
Aquí puedes aprender más acerca del "Dïa de Halloween":
[Here you can learn more about Halloween].
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TAREA / homework:
Here you will find two fun activities to practice some concepts we are learning in class. (Doc 1.1 & Doc 1.2)
Document 1.1 is your homework (TAREA), due on Wednesday. It has all the resources to complete it.
Please DO NOT STRESS OUT. It is simple, it should not take more than 15 minutes. Yes, you can do it by yourself even if you think you do not know any Spanish...
Document 1.2 is an activity. We will work together with Ms.Russell and Ms. O'Connell to recreate in class, some of the traditions to celebrate Día de Los Muertos. This activity will help us with the class decorations.
Download/PRINT > complete > BRING to class on Wednesday.