12: ¿Qué día es hoy? - Saying the date


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1 Greetings
2 Goodbye
3 ¿Qué tal?
4 What's your name?
5 Colours
6 Numbers 1-12
7 Ages
8 Months
9 Numbers 13 - 31
10 Birthdays
11 Days of the week
12 Today's date
13 Pets
14 Brothers & sisters
15 Consolidation /
16 En la clase

What you will learn in section 12:

(left) A Spanish class talk about today's date and the teacher writes it on the board
(right) In the video, you see the Spanish children sing a traditional song about different dates

The video shows what happens in Spain on certain special days - like "Three Kings' Day" on 6th January.

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Public holidays

Local holidays
Spain is famous for its local fiestas, special holidays held in a particular town, celebrated in a locally traditional way - such as las fiestas patronales.

As part of Spain's Catholic heritage, these are held to celebrate the feast day of the town's patron saint , who is supposed to look after the town and its inhabitants.

In Pamplona, the fiesta includes the custom of releasing bulls to run through the streets between safety barriers to protect the watching crowds. Young men can choose to show off their courage by trying to out-run the bulls! Find out more here:


Pamplona's fiesta in honour of its patron saint, San Fermin, includes the famous bull run.

The Teacher's Guide also lists Spain's national holidays; teach town or region has its own local ones in addition. Find out more here:


The video shows processions and celebrations that are associated with particular religious festivals in some places - especially Easter, la Semana Santa, (the Holy Week).  


Find out more about people in Spain and Latin America celebrate their fiestas, from the BBC Primary Spanish web site:


San Fermin Pamplona bull run
Pamplona's fiesta in honour of its patron saint, San Fermin, includes the famous bull run.

BBC Spanish festivals and Fiestas

See also:

Festivals in France, Spain and Germany

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WEBQUEST: Look up a Spanish calandar

One class enjoyed a simple WEBQUEST.

Their task
Each group has to help plan a family holiday in Spain in the year 20xx.

The family wants to see a particular festival (the group chooses ONE they would like to see, from the list they have been talking about).

What day of the week will it be on that year?

Web site
Each group went to this web site:


They chose the country (Spain) and the year, and chose "Spanish" as the first language. They looked up the date of their chosen holiday on the calendar displayed (see examples right).

Report back
Each group told the class, in Spanish, the date they would like to be in Spain. They described biefly (in English) what they would expect to see on that day.

Spanish calandarhttp://timeanddate.com/calendar/

Spanish holidays

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