Festivals and traditions

 

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Celebrating Day of the Dead

Script to introduce the film

This is a film about the Day of the Dead, which is a festival in Mexico, a country in North America.

It stretches from 1 November all night and into the following day, and Mexicans believe that their loved ones come back from the dead every year to spend the day with them.

It is not a sad occasion. Instead, it's a big party, at which everyone can have a great time.

Show film and use the discussion prompts afterwards. Email worldclass@bbc.co.uk if you would like to download a copy of this film.

What do you think of the Day of the Dead? Do you think it looks like fun?

What else do you know about Mexico and Mexican culture?

Mexico facts

  • Population: 114.8 million (UN, 2011)
  • Capital: Mexico City
  • Major language: Spanish
  • Monetary unit: 1 peso = 100 centavos

What special days or celebrations do you have in your country? How do they compare with Day of the Dead?

Do you think people visiting your country would understand how your celebrations and culture work?

Pick three things that you think represent your country the best. Do you think that people outside of your country would pick the same things? Why/why not?

Do you know what a stereotype is? (Example of a stereotype: it is a stereotype that Britain is always very cold and wet.)

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