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Dia De Los Muertos

November 04, 2019
By Patricia Venegas

 

On November 1st and 2nd we observe the celebration of the Day of the Dead that takes place in Mexico. A celebration that dates back to the prehispanic era. The tradition celebrates the idea that loved ones who have passed come to visit their family members.

Despite being a holiday about death, the Day of the Dead is actually a joyous event where people eat good food and drinks, listen to music, and have parties to commemorate loved ones. 

Here at Sacred Heart Parish School setting up a Day of the Dead altar has been a long-standing tradition. This year’s projects that decorate the altar honor loved ones, celebrities, artists, actors as well as pets who have passed away. Kinder worked on “alebrijes” which are spirit animals that accompany loved ones on their journey. First and second grade worked on “Catrines” and “Catrinas.” Grades 3rd through 5th created “nichos.” A nicho box is a three-dimensional recessed display used as a portable shrine to an important figure or loved one. Middle school displayed the “lapidas” (tombs) in a pretend cementery.

Families visit the cemeteries and grave sites of their loved ones. They leave flowers, candles and entire meals with special drinks and traditional breads. Some of the grave sites may include flowers, hand-crafted skeletons, colorful paper cutouts, candy skulls, personal items, and photos. Family members pass the night sharing food and conversation. We hope everyone enjoys the display.