We celebrated Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on both campuses this week.
On Knowlton, a group of students narrated a fun video of nine facts about the holiday. On Hough, our first graders explained the holiday through a fun skit.
Day of the Dead is a holiday mostly celebrated in Mexico but is rapidly spreading to other countries. It is not Halloween. In fact, it would more closely align with the Christian celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.
The Day of the Dead celebration is Nov. 1 and 2. It is marked by parades, special foods, festivals, and the creation of ofrendas to celebrate the deceased. An ofrenda is covered with marigolds, pictures, candles, and symbols of the deceased's life. It is believed that the spirits of the deceased return to visit their families during this time.
This holiday is a way to keep the memory of that person alive through the annual tradition of remembering what they loved to do, eat, drink, and look like.