The Day of the Dead is a cultural tradition celebrating life. It is a time when families remember and honor a loved one who has died. On November 1st and 2nd, cemeteries come alive with family gatherings, a big picnic, prayers, and children laughing and playing, The gravestones are cleaned and decorated with flowers and in the evening candles light the way for all. Those who celebrate the Day of the Dead believe that the spirit of the dead loved one returns to visit them on November 1st and 2nd.
At home, families construct an altar known as an ofrenda to honor their dead loved one(s). Ofrendas usually have a picture of the person being remembered, flowers, fruits, candles, incense, and most importantly something the loved one enjoyed in life. For example if the family member being honored were a musician in life the offering would include musical instruments, his/her favorite meal, and of course a beverage to quench the thirst of the traveling spirit.
Our extraordinary World Language Team worked together to create a unique experience for our students. Please take a look at our own Day of the Dead Celebration. ¡Feliz Día de los Muertos! Happy Day of the Dead!