7th & 8th Grade Spanish
El Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a time when Mexican families remember loved ones who have passed away. This celebration is a mix of traditions and customs. Death is not seen as scary but rather as a natural part of the circle of life. Mexicans believe the spirits of their loved ones live on as long as they are remembered. Skulls and skeletons are a traditional symbol of the holiday – and they are usually represented in a colorful or fun-loving manner.
An important aspect of the Day of the Dead celebration is the ofrenda, or altar-like display dedicated to a specific family member. Ofrendas have a picture of the deceased, flowers, candles, a special bread (pan de muerto), papel picado, skulls, skeletons, incense, foods, drinks, and items that represent the life of the person being honored.
8th grade Spanish students made ofrendas to honor the deceased. 7th grade students decorated sugar skulls.