Think the holiday season is over? Think again! Our 4th and 5th graders in the IS Spanish Enrichment Club, ¡Martes Social!, took a deeper look at the Hispanic celebration El Día de los Reyes (The Day of the Three Kings).
During a shared breakfast of pan dulce (sweet bread) and jugos de banana-fresa, mango, melocotón y piña (banana-strawberry, mango, peach and pineapple juices), students reviewed their knowledge of the Hispanic celebration, watched a brief video explaining its origins and traditions and then compared the holiday with other celebrations.
Students were intrigued to learn that Hispanic holiday traditions start on December 24 and continue all the way until February 2! The Hispanic holiday season includes not only Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but also the Three Kings Day on January 6 and El Día de la Candelaria (The Day of the Candles or Candlemas) on February 2! As one student commented, “That’s a lot of celebrating!”
Finally, students had the opportunity to participate in an El Día de los Reyes celebration of their own. They enjoyed cutting up the roscas de reyes cake with anticipation to see who would find a small, plastic figurine in their piece to signify that they will be our hosts for the El Día de la Candelaria celebration on February 2.
The ¡Martes Social!, Spanish Enrichment Club meets in the Sheridan Family Café at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesdays. Mark your calendar for this year's remaining meetings on February 6, March 6, April 24 and May 15. If you have an Intermediate School student who would like to join the fun, RSVP on the Parent Portal!