Commemorating El Día de los Muertos in Central

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Students in Central High School commemorated “El Día de los Muertos” with a number of activities both inside and outside of their World Language classes coordinated by Spanish teacher Ms. Marisa Díaz y Díaz on November 1st.
The hallway on the third floor of Central was decorated with traditional papel picado and colorful skulls to set a festive tone.  An altar was set up with representations of vibrant skeletons, candles and pictures of loved ones to honor those who have passed away.  A bulletin board served as the backdrop with additional pictures and information about the holiday which is celebrated in many Spanish-speaking countries, including México, Bolivia and Guatemala.  At the end of the hallway a large backdrop of dancing skeletons and papel picado was placed for students to take photos.  World Language teachers wore specially designed shirts to add to the festivities.
In Spanish AP Language and Culture classes, students completed a cultural comparison of El Día de los Muertos with Halloween.  Students researched how El Día de los Muertos is observed in México, Perú and Ecuador and then learned about the Celtic origins and current practices of Halloween in the United States in order to compare and contrast the roles of both celebrations.