Spanish classes celebrate Dia de los Muertos

Students bring food and do crafts to partake in Mexican tradition


By Photo by Hanna Steen

Sophomore Thomas Franco colors a skeleton after eating authentic mexican food for Dia de los Muertos on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Students in Edith Paredes’ Spanish IV class celebrated Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, on Thursday, Nov. 7. Each student brought food or drink, some of the food even authentic Mexican, and created skeleton puppets.

“Dia de los Muertos is Day of the Dead – it’s often to celebrate death. We’re making skeletons to celebrate death. It sounds weird, but to Mexicans, death isn’t a scary thing,” junior Martina Zuniga said.

In Mexico, this holiday involves family and friends gathering at cemeteries, decorating their loved ones’ tombstones and eating and drinking in observance of the dead.

Sophomore Thomas Franco brought enchiladas to experience how people in Mexico celebrate.

“I decided to bring something authentic because I had the opportunity to bring something authentic,” Franco said. “I have a love for cooking Mexican.

Zuniga shared the importance of celebrating Dia de los Muertos.

“[Celebrating] is important because even after we lose loved ones, it’s nice to think there’s a better place to celebrate after they’re dead,” Zuniga said. “It’s nice to [participate in] a tradition that’s celebrated in other Hispanic cultures.”

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