Latest News – November 5

Dias de Los Muertos Teaches Students Mexican Culture

By Lynn Nowiskee, Saguache Today Contributor

Senora Garcia explains the meaning behind the elaborate Los Dias de Los Muertes altar on display at the Mountain Valley School last week. Students learned about this special Mexican holiday. Photo: Lynn Nowiskee/Saguache Today.

Senora Garcia explains the meaning behind the elaborate Los Dias de Los Muertos altar on display at the Mountain Valley School last week. Students learned about this special Mexican holiday. Photo: Lynn Nowiskee/Saguache Today.

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.

Los Dias de Los Muertes 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. Photo: Lynn Nowiskee/Saguache Today.

Los Dias de Los Muertos 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. Photo: Lynn Nowiskee/Saguache Today.

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!

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