Cultural Traditions

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Mar 28, 2018

World language teachers use cultural experiences to help students develop a deeper understanding of  language. Holidays provide a great opportunity for students to learn about the traditions and history of the people whose language they study.

One tradition is cascarones or confetti eggs. The tradition is said to have started in Asia and was brought back to Europe by explorers. The word cascarones comes from the Spanish word "cascara" which means shell. The cascarones were used in Mexico during Carnival before Lent. In the United States, the tradition has merged with Easter as part of the dyeing of eggs. 

Spanish students at Villa make their own cascarones by hollowing out eggs and filling them with confetti. The students even made their own confetti with card stock and hole punches. In the cascarones tradition, eggs are cracked on heads sending down a shower of confetti. Having a cascarone cracked on your head is said to bring good luck.