1. Why do Mexicans celebrate the Day of the Dead?
2. In what ways is the El Dia de los Muertos celebration similar to our ways of honoring the dead?
3. Why are traditions important to some people and cultures?
1. Invite someone in the Mexican or Hispanic community (perhaps the parent of one of your students or the ESOL teacher) to come talk to your class about this and other customs of their community and in their culture. Ask them to teach the class some Spanish words or sentences. If they have authentic recipes or foods, ask for these or have the class make them and bring them in to try.
2. Research other customs and holidays that are part of the culture of other ethnic groups represented in your school or community (Russian, Croatian, Serbian, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, etc.). Have a day to present these cultures along with the foods and dress of these cultures. If possible, find the percentage of those in these cultures who are represented in your school or community. This research could also be presented in the form of a PowerPoint presentation or by having a representative of the community come and talk to the class.
3. Every culture has its own special traditions. Your teacher should lead a class discussion of Day of the Dead activities shown in this Georgia Story. Give reasons why the holiday would be a reassuring time for families.
altar: a consecrated place, set aside from other places, where sacrifices and other sacred rites are performed or where sacred relics are displayed
Day of the Dead: (in spanish, el Dia de los Muertos) a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and other places like the United States where families and friends gather to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died
companion: a person or animal with whom one spends a lot of time or with whom one travels.
sugar skull: (in spanish, la calavera) a decorative or edible skull made (usually by hand) from either sugar or clay