This week, I had the opportunity to share with students in our Spanish Immersion Program about Christmas traditions in Puerto Rico.
Being from Puerto Rico, I was fortunate to be able to share my Puerto Rican culture with the students. An emphasis of the presentation was the Three Kings Day and how it is celebrated on the island. Students were taken on a virtual trip through the Christmas season and looked at photos and videos of parrandas, promesas a los Reyes, and la llegada de los Reyes de Juana Díaz.
Students also were able to see typical handcrafted statues and other art pieces depicting the Three Kings; a staple in many Puerto Rican homes.
The presentation concluded with a reading of Un Coquí de Boriquén con los Reyes a Belén. It is the story of a coquí, a tiny tree frog native to Puerto Rico, that travels with los Reyes Magos on their first journey.
At the end, students were given the opportunity to ask questions and discuss how the traditions in Puerto Rico are similar and different to those in other Spanish speaking countries.