Día De Los Muertos
Day of the Dead (Día De Los Muertos)is a two day holiday that reunites the living and dead. It takes place on November 1 and 2. Families create ofrendas (offerings) to honor their departed family members that have passed. These altars are decorated with bright yellow marigold flowers, photos of the departed, and the favorite foods and drinks of the one being honored.
This year, Ms. del Rio's class and Mr. Gutierrez's class competed in making the best decorated door & ofrenda.
After a school-wide vote, the winner of the November 2021 Door & Ofrenda Decoration Competition is...
Ms. del Rio's class! Congratulations!
Pictured below are the results of their hard work:
Calaveras (skull) are ubiquitous during Day of the Dead. The skulls are often drawn with a smile as to laugh at death itself. They take many forms such as sugar candies, clay decorations, and most memorable: face painting. Sugar skulls are decorated and placed on ofrendas of loved ones. A Calavera, or sugar skull, is a decorative skulls made (usually by hand) from either sugar (called alfeñiques) or clay which are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead.
Marigolds are believed to be the pathways that guide the spirits to their ofrendas. The flower’s vibrant colors and scent attract the departed souls, as they return to feast on their favorite foods. They are called “Flor de Muerto” (Spanish for Flower of Dead) and they symbolize the beauty and fragility of life. Marigold flowers include around 60 annuals and perennials that are native to Mexico and Central America.
To learn more about Día De Los Muertos, please visit the website for Day of the Dead