Danville’s School’s new MS/HS Multicultural Club, led by teacher Casie Grossman, will hold their first event for El Dia de Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, next week.
El Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, which takes place from October 31st to November 2nd, is a Mesoamerican holiday of which the roots predate Spanish colonization by thousands of years. During this holiday, families celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed. These celebrations include building altars to provide “offrendas”, offerings for the passed loved ones. The altars are commonly adorned with “papel picado” (punched paper), marigolds, sugar skulls, and the loved one’s favorite foods along with their pictures. During these days, villages are filled with decorations and specialty foods, locals dress in costumes and paint their faces as decorative skulls and traditional music is played.
We will be recreating elements of this cultural experience at Danville School. Students will receive a mini-presentation of this festival in advisory on Monday 10/30 and on November 1st the cafeteria will be decorated and a treat will be shared. For more information about this holiday, check out the sources below from our library!