What is Day of the Dead? It is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. At Mira Loma, it is one of the most important festivals of the year. As an all-day festival students are invited to participate in another culture's celebrations. This creates empathy for another's traditions and adds to their cultural understanding. While careful to separate elements of religion from the festival, the solemnity and rivalry mix into a rich event that is fun for the senses.
On October 31, All Hallows Eve, the children make a children's altar to invite the angelitos (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit. November 1 is All Saints Day, and the adult spirits will come to visit. November 2 is All Souls Day, when families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives. The three-day fiesta is filled with marigolds, the flowers of the dead; muertos (the bread of the dead); sugar skulls; cardboard skeletons; tissue paper decorations; fruit and nuts; incense, and other traditional foods and decorations.
— Frances Ann Day, Latina and Latino Voices in Literature
Last Modified on February 17, 2021