In the Spanish-speaking world, Holy Week and Easter go hand in hand. In Latin America and Spain, this is a religious celebration. Your students can compare and contrast the religious and secular ways to celebrate this holiday and also its origin.
Holy Week Resources (Semana Santa)
1. [VIDEO] Semana Santa, the Spanish Easter – Learn Spanish Culture – This video, in Spanish, transports us to Sevilla to show us the typical Spanish celebration for Easter: the spectacular Semana Santa (Holy Week). It explains the Spanish traditions, events and a cultural note about the celebration in Spain of Semana Santa.
2. [VIDEO] Holy Week Vocabulary – Includes the Holy Week vocabulary in Spanish with pronunciation.
3. [QUIZLET] Easter in Spain – Includes 15 Easter religious vocabulary words and phrases.
4. [VOCABULARY] Semana Santa: Vocabulary for Spanish Easter – A complete list of vocabulary words with English translations related to Semana Santa and Pascua.
5. [PRESENTATION] La Semana Santa – Extensive presentation in English that includes the religious traditions of the Holy Week.
6. [PRESENTATION] Semana Santa en España – Presentation in English with details and lots of images about the Holy Week celebration in Spain. You can use the worksheet next with questions.
7. [WORKSHEET] La Semana Santa’ – Spanish Easter – This worksheet includes questions about the presentation Semana Santa en España above.
8. [LESSON PLAN] Easter Lesson – For elementary students. In this lesson, students learn new Easter vocabulary and colors.
9. [VIDEO] History of Easter – Great video to introduce the Easter holiday with an overview of the religious background and today’s traditions. Video by History channel.
10. [VIDEO] Bet You Didn’t Know: Easter Traditions – Learn how Easter traditions like the Easter bunny and egg hunts became part of the holiday celebration. Video by History channel.
11. [INFOGRAPHIC] Llegó el Huevo de Pascua – In Spanish. It presents the history of the Easter egg and its symbolism.
12. [INFOGRAPHIC] Easter by the Numbers – Interesting infographic in English with facts about Easter. It can be used to practice numbers in Spanish.
13. [PRINTABLES] Spanish Easter Vocabulary – This download includes a presentation as well as worksheets for primary school and beginner students.
14. [ACTIVITIES] La Pascua: Actividades interactivas de vocabulario – Online interactive vocabulary activities in Spanish.
15. [QUIZLET] Feliz Pascua – Includes 45 Easter vocabulary words/phrases with images.
16. [PRINTABLE] Spanish Conversation Questions for Easter – Great idea to print and put this questions inside Easter eggs for your students to answer.