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El Día de los Muertos Celebration!

November 11, 2016

November 2 is known as Day of the Dead, or El Día de los Muertos, a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries. Although it seems like it might be spooky, especially being so close to Halloween, Day of the Dead is spirit-filled, but celebratory. On this day, families remember and pray for loved ones who have died. They go to the cemetery and have a picnic at the burial site of loved ones.They will also make an altar in their home, known as an ofrenda. Just like Halloween has special symbols associated with it, El Día de los Muertos also has images that represent the holiday, such as sugar skulls, decorated skeletons (they are depicted as happy, because it is perceived life after death is a happier place than here), candles, food and water offerings, marigold flowers, papel picado or traditional and colorful cut-out paper decorations, and of course photos of loved ones who have passed. All such offerings have an association to the elements of earth, water, air, and fire.

To bring this celebration to the children, we created an ofrenda in the entrance of the grade school building. Each class participated in the making of arts and crafts related to the event.   

Thank you to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade children for making the Day of the Dead marigold flowers, or cempazutchil, which represents the earth. The 3rd grade left an offering of Day of the Dead Bread, which also represents the earth. The 4th and 5th graders made papel picado with Ms. Quintana, which represents the air. The 5th graders also made paper monarch butterflies, which migrate south and arrive in Michoacan, Mexico, during this celebration. The 6th graders colored images of typical skeleton art for this event. The 7th graders worked with Ms. Shafer to create beautiful drawings and watercolors of skulls. The 7th and 8th graders made sugar skulls with the help of Mrs. Hoffman, who guided us through the process and donated the supplies. Finally, the 8th graders created memory boxes in Spanish, which honor the lives of people that have passed on.class participated in the making of arts and crafts related to the event. Children and families were invited to participate in this celebration by bringing in photos of the special people (and/or pets) in their lives who have passed. 

Thank you everyone for your support!