On November 1st and 2nd some parts of Mexico celebrate EI die de los Muertos, ‘The day of the dead’. This festival grew out of the ancient Aztec custom of celebrating death and two religious holidays. One is All Saints Day, a celebration for the souls of children who have died. The other is All Souls Day, the time when adults souls return to visit their families. On these days, religious ceremonies are held to honor the death. Many families set up pictures and photographs of honored relatives beside or on an altar in their homes.
The mood of the dia de los Muertos is a cheerful one. The color yellow is widely used in flowers and candle decorations. Toys, masks and candies in the shape of skeletons and skulls are sold. Bakeries sell Pan de Muerto, a special bread baked to represent a skeleton. It has a nob for the head and twists for the bones. On these festival days, families and friends gather at cemeteries to clean and decorate the many graves. Sometimes, families will decide to hold a feast among all the beautiful flowers and decorations. Often,a special meal will be prepared in honor of visiting spirits.
To celebrate the Mexican tradition of “EI dia de los muertos”, Senorita Monica will to create a small altar on Nov. 2nd. If students would like to participate and honor the dead they may bring a photo from a family member that has past away. I understand these photographs have an immense value to the family. Please may sure to put your child’s name and room number on the back of the photo. We will be sure to return it.
We are also looking for parents that would like to participate Volunteering in these ways:
1) make pan de muerto (very easy to make and we’ll give you the recipe)
2) set up the display on Wednesday October 27th, at 1:30 **early dismissal day, your child can come help
3) take down the display on Wednesday November 3rd, around 9:30, after drop off
4) send in items for the altar (just send them in with your kids
If you can help in any of these ways, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-962-0898