My Spanish classes have been learning about Dia de los Muertos which is celebrated in Mexico and Central America on November 1st and 2nd. We have clarified misconceptions and discussed the meaningful celebration.
Dia de los Muertos is a time to remember and honor loved ones that have passed. In Guatemala people create gigantic kites with messages to their deceased loved ones. In El Salvador people go to the graveyard to clean the tombs and decorate with flowers. In Mexico, people set up ofrendas (altars) with pictures of deceased loved ones, candles, marigold flowers, and food. It is through the preparation of kites, foods, and flower arranging, that people talk about and remember their loved ones.
With the assistance of Spanish 1 students (flower making and coloring),my Spanish 2 classes have created Dia de los Muertos ofrendas. They will be displayed today after high school lunch and will be displayed all day tomorrow. If any of your teachers would like to bring their clases to see the ofrendas they are more than welcome to come. They will be set up by the office, next to the awards wall.