¡Vamos a celebrar el Día de los Muertos! We are going to celebrate The Day of the Dead at Friends School of Minnesota! El Día de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico and many other parts of Central America (including here in the U.S.) on November 1 and 2. It is a day to remember loved ones who have passed and invite their spirits back for a day. People who celebrate El Día de los Muertos build “altares” in their homes to invite the spirit of their loved ones who have passed to return for a visit and a feast.

Two FSM parents, Amber and Angie, built an “altar” in the Mesa to help us celebrate. You are welcome to stop by the Spanish classroom (Mesa) any time before or after school to see the altar. I invite anybody who is interested in contributing to the altar to do so and I have been talking to students about this in Spanish class. The example I gave was of my own grandfather. If I want to remember my “papá”, I would bring in a crossword puzzle or a joker from a deck of cards because he loved to play games.

El Día de los Muertos altar at Friends School of Minnesota
El Día de los Muertos altar at Friends School of Minnesota

 

Families are invited to bring in an item any time before or after school to place on the altar. Other examples of appropriate items would be photos, flowers, game pieces, hand written notes, little toys, cooking tools for somebody who loved to cook or bake, etc. Please do not bring anything of great personal value. If possible, please label the items so I can return them to your child’s cubby/locker when I take it down.

Please use care in the area around the table and supervise younger children who would like to place an item on the altar. There is a glass bottle with flowers on top that is fragile.

I will leave the altar up until Friday November 4, two days after El Día de los Muertos.  Please come up and take a look! Thanks to Angie and Amber for your help!

Below is a short you tube video explaining the significance of Día de los Muertos.

–Sara Wayne, Spanish Teacher