Inside: Carnaval in Spanish class authentic resources for 2024. Resources to teach about Carnaval de Barranquilla in Spanish class.
If you are looking for some culture-filled lessons in early February that do not involve San Valentín & love, look into the current festival of Carnaval!
While French teachers are celebrating Mardi Gras, and Portuguese teachers are focused on the biggest carnival in Brazil, there are many Spanish-speaking celebrations to look into. In particular, this post focuses on Carnaval de Barranquilla in Colombia.
When is Carnaval de Barranquilla 2024?
Carnaval de Barranquilla is February 10th-13th, 2024. This means it also works great with Black History Month in Spanish. Carnaval de Barranquilla is a great celebration of Afro-Latino culture and history. It is a positive representation of Afro-Latinx culture in Colombia.
Tons of great comprehensible authentic resources about the schedule of Carnaval de Barranquilla.
Promo Video El #Carnaval2023 se vivió como es! 🎉
This authentic video would be great to introduce & talk about the festival. You could pause the video Clip Chat or Movie Talk style.
This large celebration in Colombia would be a great opportunity to talk about music, dance, clothing, and cultural traditions. The Carnaval de Barranquilla official website is in Spanish and very user-friendly. It is an authentic resource web quest. For example, the excerpt from an older schedule below would be a great authentic way to talk about days of the week, numbers, time, and places.
|Carnaval de Barranquilla
Upper Level Students – La Historia de Carnaval de Barranquilla
To dig deeper, you could pair the video below, with the origin story on the official website.
As always the go to site for activities to go with authentic resources is Zachary Jones. There are many ready-to-go activities. This includes a song activity for the catchy Carnaval de amor, which takes place in Barranquilla.
Many years ago, we used this activity for Muévete y pégate, which can be purchased as a part of the Cancionero 2015 unit. The video would also make a great movie talk as it includes the reina of carnival, as well as a ton of great discussion items culturally.
For cultural comparisons of Carnaval
- Photos: Best Carnival Celebrations Around the World
- Photos: 20 Spectacular Carnival Celebrations Around the World
- Rio’s Carnival can be found on Snapchat to compare with other celebrations
- Carnaval in Ponce, Puerto Rico – photos & Slideshow
More Resources that Celebrate Afro-Latinos
- NEW Movies for Black History Month in Spanish Class
- NEW Afro-Latinx Music in Spanish Class blog post
- Black History Month in Spanish class
- Afro-Latino Music Bell Ringers 2024