It has been a good opportunity to see some customs that are very different for many of our students. It has also sparked some great discussions. In order to compare two cultures, we had to ask the question: What is culture?
The Semana Santa processions - like many other public celebrations in Spain - are based on religious customs. We talked about how Spain still has an official religion (Catholicism) and contrasted that with the United States and our separation of church and state.
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