Día de los Muertos is a Mexican celebration honoring deceased family and friends. This ancient, mystical tradition is a mix of indigenous rituals and Catholicism. Día de los Muertos dates back to the pre-Hispanic cultures of Meso-America 3,000 years ago. On Día de los Muertos, it is believed that the dead return to visit their living relatives and friends. Elaborate altars are constructed in each home and in cemeteries. They are adorned with candles, marigolds, plates of delicious food, and round loaves of bread called Pan de Muertos. Folk art and frosted sugar skulls add the finishing touches.
Inspired by their ancestors' beliefs, Bianey Douglas and members of the Latin@s Unid@s Club constructed their own altar in the Inner Court. Students and faculty were invited to contribute a photo or artifact of a relative, friend, or animal that passed on. They also decorated the bulletin board outside Vice Principal Dolan's office explaining the structure and meaning of each element in the altar. Additionally, members set up a book and art display in the library complete with educational books and authentic pieces of art from Mexico. On November 2, Latin@s Unid@s, Spanish Honor Society, and Spiritual Life Council organized a Día de los Muertos prayer service and celebration. Students from SLC led in prayer and Tonantzin Melvin, a member of Latin@s Unid@s gave an inspiring explanation and reflection about what Día de los Muertos means.
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