El Dia De La Raza
Celebration-El Dia De La Raza (Day of the Race)
The Fiesta investigated by the fifth grade is called El Dia de la Raza. Just as we commemorate Columbus Day in the United States on October 12th every year, El Da de la Raza or the Day of the Race is observed throughout most of Mexico and Latin America. The day celebrates the many races that are present in the history of Mexico, Central America, and South America. These races include the Native Americans such as the Maya, Aztec and the Inca and the European Races such as the Spanish, Portuguese, and French.
To help our students appreciate the uniqueness of the Latin American culture, a traditional type of artwork was introduced and imitated. Molas were explained to the student as brightly colored appliques sewn from fabric. A book containing authentic examples was displayed for their examination. The students then duplicated the colorful designs on paper fish with vivid colored crayons and markers. Our goal was to help the students see beauty in the diversity of their artwork as well as the beauty of the "melting pot" that is Latin America. These samples were displayed outside the classroom and decorated the hall for all to enjoy.
On October 12th, El Dia de la Raza, fifth grade student explained their project to the school community during morning announcements. Cupcakes adorned with honey comb paper fish were shared by the fifth graders as a symbol of sharing in the festivities taking place in all Latin America countries on this Day of the Race.