Día de los Muertos: Spanish Students Celebrate Day of the Dead


Corinne Mitchner

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a popular holiday celebrated widely in Latin America and takes place on the first and second of November each year. Instead of mourning individuals that have passed away, those who participate in the festivities honor the lives of the dead with many celebrations consisting of food, family, and fun. One of the many aspects of this celebration is the incorporation of symbols from the afterlife, such as calaveras, or skulls. David Campbell, a Spanish teacher at MVHS, brought a part of this holiday into his classroom by having his students create and decorate sugar skulls throughout the course of the week.

“This is a very, very cultural element, especially for Mexicans, because Day of the Dead is a popular celebration for people to remember those who have passed away,” Campbell said. “It’s about enjoying class while learning at the same time. My hopes were that they would understand a little bit more about the culture while having fun. And I think that we’re doing that.”

Below are pictures from one of the Spanish classes as they decorated the skulls on Friday.

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