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Spanish 11/26/13 A Spanish Christmas Scavenger Hunt Instructions: Google an average of 2 to 3 websites in order to answer the following questions.

Most questions can be answered in 5 sentences or less and should be answered on another separate sheet of paper. Researching for some questions may provide the answer for other questions. Purpose: 1. To become acquainted with shared or unique Christmas-time traditions of the various Spanish-speaking countries throughout the world. 2. To find a Spanish Christmas topic to research and report about. Christmas Project: Using the scavenger hunt as an introduction to the Christmas holidays celebrated in Spanishspeaking countries, find a topic that interests you and do your research over it. You could have your topic be as broad as describing how Christmas is celebrated in the Southern Cone (Paraguay, Uruguay,Chile, Argentina) or as narrow as focusing on the history and customs of las Posadas. Project Components: a research day, artistic component, 5-paragraph paper, and an informal group presentation.

1. When do the Posadas begin? 2. What is the meaning and purpose of the Posadas? 3. When and what is the Day of the Holy Innocents? It is likened to what day in the US? 4. The poinsettia was called cuetlaxochitl by the Aztecs. What does this name mean? 5. Who was the poinsettia named after and what was his profession? 6. When is the Nativity scene completed in Mexico? 7. What is hidden inside the ring-shaped cake eaten at Epiphany? Why is it there? 8. Name five things found in a Nacimiento. 9. When do Mexican children receive gifts? 10. What are "Pastorelas"? 11. What are villancicos? 12. When is El Da de San Esteban (St. Stevens Day)? 13. When is "Noche Buena"? 14. What is turrn (also spelled turr)? 15. What do the Spanish eat at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve and why? 16. What are farolitos? 17. Who are "Los Peregrinos"? 18. What are "hogueras"? Why do people jump over them? 19. What do children put on the doorstep on January 5 and why? 20. Who traditionally delivers the gifts in Spain? 21. Of the Three Wise Men, who is the favorite of Spanish children? 22. What is the turkey stuffed with in Spain? 23. What spice is used in Mexican hot chocolate (champurrado)? 24. What is Santa Claus called in Chile? 25. Why do children in Venezuela tie a string around their toe ? 26. What are chocolatadas and what is their function? 27. What is a blen? 28. What is the name of the world's biggest lottery held in Spain on Dec. 22? 29. According to Castro, why did Cuba stop celebrating Christmas? 30. What is Takanakuy, what does it mean, and where and when is it celebrated? 31. What is an "Ao Viejo" in Honduras? 32. What is la Pursima?

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