Dia De Los Muertos

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The students in Spanish class have been learning about Dia De Los Muertos: Day of the Dead celebrated in Mexico on Nov. 1 and 2. On this day, in Mexico, the people celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed away. They honor their memory by building altars decorated with flowers, candles, items which reminded them of their loved ones, food and pictures. The celebration in Mexico is a major holiday, which lasts for two days consisting of huge parties, lots of food and festivals at night.
To honor our loved ones who have passed we decided to make a classroom altar. 6th grade made shoebox altars and 7th grade made tombstones. Each child was allowed to pick a loved one they wanted to remember and decorate their boxes in honor of them. 8th grade made skull heads out of Plaster of Paris and decorated them as they do in Mexico with vibrant acrylic colors. The students enjoyed presenting all their work to their classmates and sharing wonderful memories of those who have passed away.