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Small Country, Big Celebrations: The Role of Salvadoran Celebrations in Cultivating Identity and Belonging

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Title

Small Country, Big Celebrations: The Role of Salvadoran Celebrations in Cultivating Identity and Belonging

Rights

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Type

Moving Image

Creator

Emily Kang

Date

1990s, 2000s, 2010s

Description

In this video, Claudia calls attention to a part of her culture that is often overlooked. In contrast to holidays celebrated in Canada, national celebrations in El Salvador take place out on the streets and bring together an entire community. She considers the major role that climate and religion play in building a sense of community in El Salvador. Drawing on childhood memories, she describes celebrations such as Virgen de Guadalupe, Día de la Cruz, and Semana Santa, which are all rooted in a shared religion. In addition, she reflects on the unifying power of street celebrations, and how they function to gather people of different backgrounds in a common place. In the conclusion, Claudia provides her definition of community which is influenced by her experiences with celebrations and traditions. Her definition further encompasses what it means to be a part of a community in a new country.

Format

Video

Language

English, Spanish

Publisher

Bridging Classroom and Community: Languages and Cultures in Action, Western University, Fall 2019

Contributor

Claudia Villatoro

Extent

6 minutes 30 seconds

Identifier

https://youtu.be/jm4cZCtssmU

Relation

“IsPartOf” Hispanic Collection

Rights Holder

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Subject

Religious street celebrations in El Salvador and the building of community in El Salvador vs. in Canada