El Carnaval de Barranquilla {Cultural Corner}

Monday, February 9, 2015
Every year in February, the city of Barranquilla, Colombia hosts one of the most beautiful carnivals in the world: El Carnaval de Barranquilla. 
This carnival has been declared by UNESCO as one of the "Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity." That's a mouthful, but it really is amazing! It's important to share this with our students not only because of its recognition, but also because it's an opportunity to bring some language to the classes in a colorful way. It's also worth mentioning that this is the city where Shakira was born and raised.

I am a big fan of using Google Earth in class when doing cultural explorations. You can also add the use of play passport.  With your students, first locate Colombia and then find Barranquilla. Bring the language alive by asking students question such as:
¿En qué continente está Colombia?
¿Cuál es la capital de Colombia?
¿Qué lengua se habla en Colombia?
¿Dónde esta Barranquilla? ¿En el norte o en el sur?
¿Qué pasa en Barranquilla en febrero?

Carnival time is a happy one in Barranquilla. Dances, parades and even children celebrating in their schools. Here is a short video of "El Carnaval de Barranquilla."

One of the most iconic characters is la Morimonda. It's a funny character - a combination of monkey and elephant.

Here is a cute video of two kids trying to figure out what "la marimonda" really is.



Children recreate Marimonda dances at school.


Here is a video of a professional group of dancers.



Now it's your turn! Have your students create their own Marimondas and get ready to celebrate carnival in your class!

Download your free mask HERE


Enjoy,
Carolina



2 comments:

  1. Wow! I feel like I just learned so much about Marimondas!! Thanks so much for this activity!

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