Day Of The Dead

Our Spanish classes have created various skulls for Day of the Dead. We sat down with Mrs. Kuehn to get the details. The skulls represent a departed soul.

Why do people celebrate the Day of the Dead?

“It’s an ancient ritual that dates back to the Aztec and the Mayans. People celebrate it to remember their loved ones so death isn’t as scary. It isn’t just a day to mourn our loved ones, but it’s also about remembering their lives and the impact they had on us. However, just because they are no longer with us doesn’t mean they are gone. We keep them alive in our hearts and our memories. Every year you hope that their spirits will visit you. People set up altars and put their favorite foods, toys, or sentimental items. People also place sugar skulls, which they decorate, on the altars. Each color that is used has a specific meaning.”

  • Red is used to represent our blood;
  • orange to represent the sun;
  • yellow to represent the Mexican marigold (which represents death itself);
  • purple is pain;
  • pink and white are hope, purity, and celebration; and at last,
  • black represents the Land of the Dead.
  • November 1st is dedicated to the children.
  • November 2nd is dedicated to the adults