Mind map of Holy Week in Spain

We have discovered today the Holy Week in Spain, and the Valencian traditions for Easter. Here you have a mind map of vocabulary.

Hoy hemos descubierto en clase la Semana Santa en España y las tradiciones valencianas de Pascua. Aquí tenéis el asociograma que hemos construido.

Have you ever tasted a “mona the Pascua”?

This is a “mona de Pascua“, the typical Valencian sweet for children in Easter. When I was a child, the egg used to be “real” and you had to crash it in somebody’s forehead. Now it usually is made of chocolate.

Esto es una mona de Pascua, el dulce tradicional típico de Valencia para los niños. Cuando yo era pequeña, el huevo solía ser de verdad, y tenías que estrellarlo en la frente de alguien. Ahora suelen ser de chocolate.

What is a “corretraca”? And a “globotà”?

These days we’re posting some information about Fallas, the festival of Valencia, and one of the most important of Spain.

Art, music and fireworks are the main elements of this colourful and noisy festival. Yes, noisy… Because Fallas means firecrackers everywhere (children throw them in the streets) and fireworks as well.

The most famous activity of the Fallas festival is the mascletà, a sort of fireworks that takes place at midday. The most famous ones are located at the Town Hall square, but each neighbourhood has a mascletà. For Valencian people, it sounds as music: the mascletà has its own rhythm, it’s like a sort of symphony. This one is from my hometown, l’Eliana.

Another midday firework is the “corretraca” (in English, that would be something as “running firecracker“). In the corretraca there are firecrackers that run around the neighborhood or village.

And Children have their own mascletà: the globotà (a funny word that mixes the Spanish word for “ballon” and “mascletà”). It is madre of balloons that children have to poke. That is a quite new tradition that children really love!