Today is Halloween. It’s also the beginning of Dia De Los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. a holiday observed from October 31st through November 2nd.
The school where I work is primarily Hispanic. Many from their culture celebrate Dia De Los Muertos.
So guess what we are doing this week? Celebrating it in our classroom! Yesterday we ended the day with coloring sugar skulls. Each student picked their favorite skull, and yes, Mrs. Carnes was right there in the middle of them! I love to color! This was mine.
We’ll be displaying them outside our room in honor of the holiday.
As I’ve studied about this holiday, the students have taught me a thing or two. I love hearing them talk about what their particular family traditions are. The foods they eat. I love the idea that it is not a time to be sad or scared of death, but rather to celebrate life. Families build altars of photographs and food and drink and candles and marigolds. They sing and dance and tell stories in honor of their loved ones that are no longer living.
Do you have loved ones who no longer walk amongst us on this Earth that you pay tribute to in some way?
This is your time to honor them! Those of you that join me in Christian beliefs have hope that one day we will be united with those loved ones.
Let the party begin! I’m sure it will last much longer than the three days of Dia de los Muertos!
Here’s to all my Hispanic friends. May you feel the presence of your deceased loved ones at this holiday time.
I know I long for the day myself when I can see my mother and grandparents again. I say hasta la vista not adios to my loved ones. Until we meet again.
Happy Halloween! And happy Dia De Los Muertos my friends!
For we believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 1Thessalonians 4:14
Love and laughter,