"Mama" by my daughter age 3

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Dancing Skeletons

El Dia de los Muertos (DAY OF THE DEAD) is a tradition that has been celebrated in Mexico for over 500 years. It is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. This is a time to remember and honor loved ones who have passed away. It is not supposed to be sad or scary; it’s a time to celebrate life itself. In Mexico on these two days people create altars that are filled with food, photographs, candles, skulls, flowers, etc. to remember all the great memories from those who have passed away. Some Mexicans decorate and set up altars at the grave sites as well. The calavera, or skeleton is an important symbol during Dia del los Muertos. On these two special days there are many types of toys, food, masks and miniatures made to look like skulls or skeletons. Students were able to create skeleton from scrap white paper on a background they colored in using construction paper crayons.

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