November 04, 2022

Día de los Muertos Offers Culture Lesson

GCS Staff

A student-designed ofrenda for Día de los Muertos.


In the Upper School, Spanish III students learned about Mexican traditions surrounding the celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) by building mini-ofrendas in groups to commemorate famous people who have died. An ofrenda is similar to an altar and decorated with photos of deceased family members, flowers, candles, whimsical skeletons and skulls, and items that represent the person or people who have died. Mexicans remember their ancestors and celebrate their lives each year on November 1 and 2. Students chose public figures including Bob Ross, Kobe Bryant, Queen Elizabeth II, Tupac Shakur, and Walt Disney. In addition to creating ofrendas, students tried their hand at baking pan de muerto, a typical sweet bread eaten during the holiday.


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