on Spanish Class with Mrs. Fong

El Dia De Los Muertos

Day of the Dead is a special holiday celebrated in Mexico and the United States. El Dia De Los Muertos is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd of each year. It is a holiday that celebrates our loved ones that have passed. Many preparations begin as early as October 27th. This holiday is also tied in with our catholic beliefs of "All Souls" Day.

Students watched short videos about these special days, how they are celebrated and why. We talked about special symbols that are needed in order to celebrate. They are:

* Altar - an altar with pictures of our loved ones that have passed

* Ofrenda- an offering placed on the altar which consists of bread, sugar skulls, specialty meals and beverages.

* Cempazuchil flower- the flowers that lay the pathway for our loved ones to come visit us

* Calaveras - which means skeleton. The calaveras are bright and colorful and are meant to bring humor into the holiday.

For Dia De Los Muertos, students enjoyed creating a calavera of their own. Grades Kinder through 3rd grade created a full body calavera using q-tips. Grades 4th to 8th grade cut out and decorated a full body calavera. Feliz Dia De Los Muertos!