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Extracurricular Global Activities or Experiences
Dia de Los Muertos Celebration
Dia de Los Muertos is a Latin American holiday that celebrates and honors the lives of the dead. During this day, celebrators typically partake in lively parades, dances, and feasts. People set up beautiful altars (ofrendas) that honor the recently passed (usually containing candles, flowers, and food); they also traditionally decorate sugar skulls and skeletons as another way of honoring the dead. I participated in this year’s (2016) Dia de Los Muertos Celebration as a part of Etowah’s Spanish Honors Society. During the celebration, I drew and decorated skulls with many other members of SHH and discussed in Spanish what the holiday meant to us.
Every year, Etowah High School hosts International Night, a night where students from all over the school represent various countries and educate the attendees about the awes and wonders of each country. I have participated in International Night since 8th grade, representing a variety of countries including Guatemala, Japan, Pakistan, Columbia, and India; this year, I was proud to represent India during the International Night Fashion Show. During this educational and fun-filled night, participants are immersed in an eventful experience filled with interactive dances, songs, and performances representing countries all over the world; participants are also encouraged to try authentic foods and learn more about the countries they came from.
Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff
Hispanic Heritage Month falls on September 15 to October 15. During this month, the Hispanic culture is celebrated through various fun-filled activities, festivals, and celebrations. With Etowah’s Spanish Honors Society, I celebrated the beginning of Hispanic Heritage month with a fun, Spanish-filled breakfast with many other club members. We brought in food and drinks and spoke in Spanish throughout the entire meal as to what Hispanic Heritage meant to us, the world, and how we could spread awareness of the rich culture to the rest of our community during the month.
SHH Monthly Dinners
Every month, Etowah’s Spanish Honors Society hosts a dinner for its members at a local Hispanic restaurant of the officers’ choice. Members attend and converse with other members in Spanish over a meal. These dinners are enriching and educational in their expansion of the Spanish language for their attendees; I have participated in these dinners since my initial year in the club during freshman year. During each dinner, I try new foods from Latin America that I would not have tried otherwise, and I enhance my knowledge of the Spanish language through my conversations with my peers.