31 Oct Mexico, Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead takes place on 1st November for children and on 2nd November for adults. Mexican families prepare offerings to invite their deceased relatives to visit their homes. This is done to celebrate and reminisce family memories from the past and to demonstrate how much we miss them.
– Day of the dead origins from Aztec and Mayan civilizations
– The Mayan god “Ah Puch”
– The legend of Monarch butterflies
– Catrina, our main character
– Cheerful Mexican music
– Mexican dancing
The result is “Mexico, Past Life Party” storytelling
Calaquita prepares to meet her grandmother “Calaca” every year on 1st & 2nd November. She explains how her family has been responsible for this exciting job for generations, being passed down from grandmothers to granddaughters. They accompany dead people to the other dimension (heaven), happy and content in the knowlegde that every year, they will return to see their family on the Day of the Dead.
The details of this festival are exciting and very important, and we create a journey full of colour and symbolism, from the characterization of Catrina with make-up and typical costumes, to gods and all the elements of the Altar.
Spanish vocabulary and learning centers around: colours, numbers, parts of the body, cardinal points, family members, everyday objects, exclamations of fear, etc …
In this video about skulls, you can learn the time, numbers and vocabulary through rhyme. The video is subtitled in Spanish for children with a more basic knowledge of Spanish:
Resources for Spanish class and Day of the Dead:
We can also make a craft while using language during the lesson, for example making Cempasúnchil flowers, colouring Catrina or making coourful confetti to decorate the school hall.
I hope you enjoyed it and you can use the resources in your Spanish classes.