Many LGS students and staff celebrated a holiday for the first time this year: Dia de los Muertos (or the Day of the Dead). Día de los Muertos is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. It is commonly celebrated throughout Mexico, and among individuals of Mexican heritage in the United States and around the world.
In preparation for the celebration, students and staff talked about similarities and differences between Halloween and Día de los Muertos. Both celebrations occur at the same time of year and include bright decorations, sweet food, and costumes. But Día de los Muertos is a three-day celebration perhaps better described as a family reunion where deceased ancestors are the guests of honor. Families often prepare a special display or ofrenda (offering) for those who have passed away; the display often includes pictures of loved ones as well as paper decorations and bright flowers.
LGS created its own ofenda in the main school hallway, and students and staff were encouraged to provide photos/pictures of loved ones who had passed, as well as descriptions of their favorite food.
To learn more about Día de los Muertos, watch this award-winning animated short or the animated Disney/Pixar film Coco.
Photos of the ofrenda created by LGS students. Click to enlarge.