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- 01/22/2019 at 5:05 am #1369
SPAN100 Spanish I AMU week 5 forum Cultural Exploration: Fiestas and Celebrations American Military University assistance is available at Domyclass
Spain, Mexico, and other Spanish-speaking countries are full of hundreds of exuberant celebrations, holidays, and festivals that happen throughout the year. The unique characteristic of how these people are passionately dedicated to their customs and celebrations is second to none. From small mountain villages to the busy city streets, these festivals take place, fueled by religious and cultural origins. The villages and cities have their own festivals in addition to the numerous national holidays, and as one can imagine, there are many “days off” on the Spanish calendar. The beauty of seeing entire towns and cities participate in one same celebration is a symbol of the passion and unity these cultures have in regards to their festivities.
In contrast, our Great American Melting pot (or better said, our Big Mixed Salad) has National Holidays and other celebrations that are carried out, yet we all have our own twist on how or why we celebrate. Some people do not celebrate certain holidays and have personal reasons for or against recognizing and participating in certain celebrations. Our traditions are no less firm and many of us are very passionate about our celebrations, yet the unity and sameness of how customs are practiced is varied. This parallels with the very first forum we had on Spanish greetings. We discussed how the Spanish greet, and how they all greet this same way. Every time. Again, here in the US, we have greeting customs that vary from a handshake to a pat on the back, with or without eye contact, sometimes non-verbal, sometimes with no touching at all, and other times with a nod and smile.
Greetings and celebrations in the US vs other countries are indicators of how diverse our population is. Americans have varied beliefs, religions, practices and customs. We often celebrate similar holidays but for different reasons and in different ways. The “New World” is certainly a “Great American…SALAD,” and is different than countries like Spain where traditions run deep and are nationally celebrated, customs are very similarly practiced and generally done so with one same common reason and purpose. There is no right or wrong in this contrast, just a difference that points to our unique patchwork that is “American life.”
Keeping in theme with the topic of celebrations in Spanish-speaking countries, your assignment is to explore one celebration in a Spanish-speaking country that you have never heard about. Please write this in paragraph form and use best writing practices, as though you are presenting your research to the class. This is not a writing assignment, per se, but please write it as though you are presenting this information to our class. Informal attribution is necessary in order to give credit to the source of your information. Academic research requires us to cite our sources. At the bottom of your forum post, include the links to the websites used to gather information for your topic. If your sources were not from the web, reference the name and author of any book or article that you consulted. Please remember that text directly quoted from other sources must be in quotation marks.
Explore the following and post information in 250 words or more by Thursday 11:55 p.m. ET:
What is the celebration/festival?
What is the origin and reason for the celebration/festival? Do you think the celebration’s purpose is remembered or has this event become a custom that carries on because it is fun and done out of tradition? (Can you think of and comment on an American tradition that is practiced without thinking about why it originated in the first place?)
Who participates? Where does it take place?
How is this festival celebrated? (What does it look and feel like to be there among the participants?)
Why did this celebration get your attention and would you like to participate in it? Why?
Think about a celebration or holiday you celebrate here in the US and compare and contrast how and why your celebration is similar and/or different than the celebration you are presenting. Don’t just clue into obvious differences, but think about the reasons, meaning, and purpose along with the level of enthusiasm and importance behind the celebration.
RESPONSES: Please respond to two peers, describing your reaction to the celebration they present. In 100+ words, post at least two comments and two questions, using logic, inquiry, and reasoning to further the discussion by Sunday 11:55 p.m. ET.
Please see the grading rubric below:
Category Points Content: Addresses all prompts and content criteria per the assignment instructions 50 Replies: Student expresses a reaction to the content, make at least two comments and ask at least two questions to two peers (100+ words each) 20 Grammar: Presentation is free of grammar/spelling errors and is well-written 15 Presentation is submitted on time 15
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