Día de Muertos

This year, students in grades 1, 3, 5 and 6 studied about Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead. This holiday, celebrated on November 2nd in some countries where Spanish is spoken, is a primary example of syncretism, or the mixing of different cultures to form something new. In 1st grade, students learned about traditions found in Mexico and then practiced drawing calaveras de azúcar or sugar skulls using a video. Students in 2nd grade learned about t’anta wawa, or pan de guaugua, a bread commonly eaten on this day in Ecuador. They then drew their own versions on a Jamboard. In 5th grade, students compared the traditions of Peru with that of Mexico, where altars, sweet breads and placing flowers on graves are also common. In Peru, however, it is traditional to hang crowns of flowers on tombs rather than lining the way with the orange cempasúchil flower found in Mexico and parts of Central America. Finally, students in 6th grade reviewed basic verb conjugations as they learned about two unique traditions found in Guatemala, particularly that of the barriletes gigantes, or giant kites, that are created every year in Sumpango and Santiago Sacatepéquez.