Dias de Los Muertos Teaches Students Mexican Culture
By Lynn Nowiskee, Saguache Today Contributor
Saguache knows how to celebrate fall and included in those list of festivities was the very elaborate Los Dias de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) program held at the Mountain Valley School last week. Students were attentive as Ms. Garcia explained the colorful and meaningful altar honoring the dead. This Mexican holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.
Students participated in the ritual by bringing pictures of loved ones, placing their favorite foods and items on the altar, as Ms. Garcia burned an incense offering. The entire program wrapped up in a festive manner with the class enjoying candies, rice krispy treats, tamales, beans, and cake.
Learning is fun when you combine cultural elements with food, celebration and student participation. Much Gracias a Senora Garcia!