Head of School’s Letter

Spanish Cultural Exhibit: Day of the Dead

Posted by Joanna on October 31, 2019

If you have walked through the hallway this week I am sure you noticed the vibrant Day of the Dead, (Día de los Muertos) exhibit. Although sad when someone dies, death is viewed as a natural part of the cycle of life. This holiday is a happy occasion on which Spanish-speaking families in a multitude of countries, including ours, honor loved ones that have passed away. They build altars (ofrendas) and place items that memorialize each person’s life such as photos, favorite foods and beverages, hobbies, toys for children and the traditional marigold flower. People sometimes write poems or funny anecdotes. Decorated skull masks, sugar skulls and tissue paper cutouts are symbols of the holiday.

ASM elementary and middle school students created the exhibit as part of the cultural curriculum in their Spanish classes. Lower elementary students created the festive skull masks, upper elementary students used their Spanish writing skills to describe the fictional personas being honored along with their ofrenda, and middle schoolers hand cut the beautiful papel picado (perforated paper), traditionally used for Mexican celebrations.

Thank you to ASM’s Spanish teacher, Señora Erazo for teaching our community about Día de los Muertos. A special thanks also to Señora Gonzalez (mom of UE student Isabelle Depommier Gonzalez) for making the authentic sugar skulls and bringing us papel picado from Mexico.


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