We are wrapping up our study of celebrations in Guatemala this week by looking at Christmas traditions in Guatemala. We have talked about "Posadas"- going door to door looking for shelter ("Posada") and finally finding a house that will let you in for a big party with a star-shaped piñata. There is a great Donald Duck video to explain this tradition on my website on the "Videos" tab! We also talked about playing tricks on people on "Día de los Inocentes"- the Hispanic version of April Fools Day. Ask your student if he/ she has any good prank ideas! On New Year's Eve, people in Spanish speaking countries typically eat 12 grapes (one for each month of the New Year) at midnight for good luck.
This week, we are celebrating, "Día de los Reyes" (Three Kings Day). Hispanic children do not usually receive presents until the Three Kings bring them on January 6. Children put hay in their shoes (for the king's camels) on the night of Jan. 5, and wake up to find the hay gone and toys and candy inside their shoes! Then, they celebrate with a "Rosca de Reyes"- a King's Cake. Baked inside the cake is a small porcelain doll or coin. Whoever finds the object in their slice of cake is the king for the day! We did our own version of this celebration with paper slices of cake. Ask your student who the lucky winner in their class was!
There is a bulletin board outside my classroom which shows all these different celebrations. Come check it out if you get a chance!
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