!Hola Sofia! The Spanish club is using this classroom to celebrate Día de Los Muertos!
What's Día de Los Muertos?
Hey John! What's with all the decorations?
People believe the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children are able to reunite with their families for 24 hours.
Día de Los Muertos is a holiday celebrated from November 1-2, throughout Latin America, but specifically Mexico.
Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life.
Is Día de Los Muertos a religious holiday?
It corresponds with the Catholic holidays of All Souls and All Saint's Day on November 1st and 2nd. Special Masses and perhaps cleaning of the cemetery tombs are part of the traditional activities.
They honor the dead with festivals and celebrations, which combines indigenous Aztec rituals with Catholicism
Yes, people believe that they should celebrate instead of mourn the life of the deceased.
People create altars that are decorated with candles, flowers, mounds of fruit, and pan de muerto. Toys and candies are left for the angelitos, and on Nov. 2, cigarettes and shots of mezcal are offered to the adult spirits.
Woah! Is someone throwing a party?
On the afternoon of Nov. 2, the festivities are taken to the cemetery. People clean tombs, play cards, listen to the village band and reminisce about their loved ones.
John, why are we in a cemetery?
¡Día de Los Muertos!
Do you want to stick around and decorate some sugar skulls? Sugar skulls represent a departed soul, the name written on the forehead and placed on the altar or gravestone to honor the return of the spirit.
Wow! Día de Los Muertos is so interesting and fun! Thanks for telling me all about it!