El Quince de Septiembre

Every 15th of September, five countries in Central America celebrate their independence day: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Students in Señor Abeyta’s 7th grade Heritage Spanish class celebrated this recent “El Quince de Septiembre” by throwing their own fiesta to honor the heritage of these Spanish-speaking countries. In class, they learned about the different products and practices that are part of the holiday celebrations of these Central American countries.

Parents were invited to join their students in the festivities. Together, they learned more about the significance of the day, feasted on an array of potluck dishes that had cultural significance to the students, presented personal objects that represented their families’ heritage, and of course, they danced!

The class shared positive experiences all-around. “Our experience as a class was very exciting. I enjoyed spending time with my friends, my family, and my classmates,” said Kiara ‘25.

Claire ‘25 shared, “The most memorable part for me was when we danced because we got to see our parents dance with us.”

Sophia ‘25 added, “We got to learn a lot about other cultures. We celebrated by eating food that others brought; the food was my favorite part.” Sophia was not alone with that sentiment. Everyone in the class seemed to agree that the food was a major highlight of the celebration.

“One of my favorite memories was trying Brazilian chocolate for the first time. I loved the way the chocolate melted on my tongue,” said Simon ‘25. Rosemary ‘25, on the other hand, disclosed, “My favorite part, by far, was the lasagna someone brought.”

“It was a great day and way to celebrate without being in one of the countries,” Isabella ‘25 added.

Although the celebration might be over, students are still engaging with the material and learning more about these Central American countries. Currently, the students are analyzing the various symbols and perspectives represented in these countries’ flags. They’re going to use this knowledge to compare and contrast two flags of their choice.
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