Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday celebrated on the 2nd of November. It originated in Mexico where it is mostly observed, but has spread to many other countries in Central and South America. Although associated with the Christian observances of All Hallow’s Eve and All Saints’ Day, it is much less solemn and instead a joyful celebration. Family and friends gather to pay respects and to remember friends and family members who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include decorations of marigold flowers and calaveras (skulls), and building ofrendas (alters) to honour loved ones who have died. The ofrendas contain photos, food and items that represent and honour the dead.
In the past few weeks the Year 7 Spanish class has been preparing for the big celebration, making flowers and sculpting calaveras to decorate the classroom. Students celebrated on the day by painting their calaveras and baking pan de Muerto (“dead bread” - a traditional Mexican sweet bread). Students were also given the option to honour a loved one who has died, whether they be a family member or friend, beloved pet, or famous person that they admire.
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