On Friday October 30, Qué Tal’s morning elementary students will learn about Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This Mexican holiday takes place over the first two days of November. This is a tradition dating from pre-Columbian times. It is celebrated primarily in Mexico although some countries in Central America have similar festivities.
Día de los Muertos is a holiday for remembering and honoring family members who have died. It is not a sad day: it is a celebration with one’s family and a time to remember those who are no longer alive. Family members tell stories about the deceased and create an altar for them as well. These altars include food or items that the dead family members enjoyed, as well as several traditional items.
Qué Tal teachers will create an “Altar de Muertos” (Altar of the Dead) with traditional items:
- Calaveras de azúcar (sugar skulls)
- Pan de Muerto (sweet bread)
- Cempazúchitl (marigolds)
- Veladoras (tea lights)
The presentation for afternoon classes will take place on Monday, November 2, 2015.