In mid October my AP Spanish class began learning about the Latin American holiday “Dia de los muertos;”The Day of the Dead. This holiday is celebrated in many Spanish speaking cultures. This unit serves as the cultural component of our class. It is important that students not only learn the Spanish language but also experience some of the cultural aspects. My AP Spanish class will be sharing their knowledge by teaching this lesson to other classes at CHS. Everything will be presented in an informative context from October 30 to November 1.
El dia de los Muertos is a tradition that combines cultural Aztec rituals and the religious holiday All Souls Day. During this lesson we are focusing on the cultural rituals associated with the holiday. For many Latin American countries, such as Mexico, Bolivia, Guatemala, and Ecuador, it’s a time to reunite with family to remember loved ones who have passed away. For many Mexicans, this is the most important holiday of the year. My students are setting up an altar next to the library, please take a moment to see their cultural display of “El día de los muertos”
The Day of the Dead celebrations are a way for families to celebrate the circle of life, and remember happy times shared with loved ones who are no longer alive.