Seventh graders learned about The Day of the Dead in Mrs. Perifimos' Spanish class and participated in some of The Day of the Dead rituals.
Do you know what The Day of the Dead honors? It is a holiday in Mexican culture that celebrates the people who have died. The holiday is celebrated on November 2nd each year. On this day relatives of people who have died go to the cemetery and put an orange flower called a marigold on each of the coffins and put other goodies there that remind them of those loved ones who have passed. They also celebrate with different kinds of cookies, bread, and cakes. The skull and skeleton are symbols that people decorate, and the cookies and cake represent the dead. The Day of the Dead is a holiday that the Mexican culture celebrates to remember their loved ones.
- By Grace. I
Halloween and The Day of the Dead are similar and opposite in many ways. Halloween is a time for fun. On Halloween we go trick or treating with our friends for fun and the best part is to see how much candy we have. The Day of the Dead is a time to celebrate loved ones who have passed away. The day before the Day of The Dead is called All Saints Day and that is when you celebrate people that passed away at an early age. People celebrate The Day of the Dead by decorating altars. On the altars, marigold petals are spread all over. In the homes, people have altars as well. The altars have the person's favorite foods with a drink, favorite item, a picture of that person, and marigold flowers. In our class we created altars too. We included everything except for marigold flowers. It was fun doing this as we told a story of our loved ones who have passed.
In Spanish 1a we learned about The Day of the Dead. Many people enjoyed learning about this holiday because there were many fun activities to choose from. In class we colored pictures of calacas and calaveras (skulls). We also watched a video that showed us lots of information about what Latino and Mexican Americans do on The Day of the Dead. Many people who have lost loved ones make foods that these people enjoyed. They also have an altar and put their loved ones favorite things on the altar. This includes pictures of their loved relatives. People eat what their loved ones loved and celebrate to show that they are still there with them. On the streets, people set up little stands and sell calacas and calaveras. This is what the Mexican Americans do when they celebrate The Day of the Dead.