Celebrating El Día De Los Muertos
Students and teachers from the World Language Department at George Fischer Middle School celebrated El Día De Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, with bright colors, fun activities and an eagerness to learn about other cultures.
Classes with teachers Cynthia Tully, Cheryl Ann Murphy, Laura Fumero, Laura Storminger, Colette Calderón, and Felicia DiLeo all celebrated this two-day holiday by making colorful skeletons, decorating altars and creating 'ofrendas'.
El Día De Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday where families remember and pay respect to loved ones who have passed. The families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion between the living and the dead. In celebration of El Día De Los Muertos, families visit cemeteries, decorate altars and create offerings to honor their deceased relatives.
Altars are decorated with flowers, candles, photos of those who have passed, and offerings of food – including skull candy. The offerings are believed to encourage visits from the souls to smell the food, hear prayers and join in the celebration!