Monday, December 2, 2013

La Noche de las Velitas in Colombia {Freebie}

Every year on December 7th, Colombia celebrates "La Noche de las Velitas" (also known as El Día de ls Velitas), a night filled with candles and joy to celebrate Virgin Mary. This night also marks the beginning of all Christmas activities in Colombia. 

What a good opportunity to bring some culture to your Spanish classes. Use a map and invite your students to find Colombia. You can also use Google Earth to make the trip more interactive and use a play passport for the trip. Share with them some information about this important celebration. Here are some useful resources for teachers to learn about the celebration:

La Fiesta de la Luz (Historia)
The Beautiful Noche de la Velitas in Bogota

Some videos of the celebration:


 Families get together to light the candles outside their homes. It's a long night filled with happiness, fiestas and tons of Colombian goodies.





In the main parts of the big cities, people gather together to watch fireworks and shows.

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Invite your students to decorate the flag or the map of Colombia  with the candles! 




 Click HERE to download the freebies! 


Conversation tips in a FLES class

1. ¿Dónde se celebra la noche de las velitas? ¿En Costa Rica o Colombia?
2. ¿Dónde está Colombia? ¿América del Norte o América del Sur?
3. ¿Quién celebra la Noche de las Velitas? 
4. ¿De qué color es la bandera de Colombia?
5. ¿Qué lengua se habla en Colombia? ¿Inglés o español?


Enjoy!
Carolina



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