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The students learned about Nichos during the week of Halloween, All Saints Day and All Souls Day, which also coincides with “Dia de los Muertos.”

A nicho box, or simply ‘nicho’, is a three-dimensional display box that holds special treasured pictures. Nichos originated as an adaptation of the Roman Catholic ‘retablo,’ which is a painting of a patron saint on wood or tin.

Nichos serve loved ones during Dia de los Muertos celebrations and they frequently honor a combination of both people and objects in popular culture. They can be constructed of humble materials such as wood, tin, glass, and even small boxes. Nichos are also notable for colorful and varied decorations, which can range from simple paint or paper, or through more complicated renditions to include milagros, glitter and sequins.

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