Despite the creepy sounding title, El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) is not at all scary like its American counterpart, Halloween. Instead of trying to scare people, on El Dia de los Muertos, families gather to celebrate ancestors who have passed on. It is a joyous occasion as families remember their loved ones. Graves are decorated with brightly colored marigolds and candles light the way for the souls of the departed to return to earth for one night. Between November 1 and 2, Mexicans will gather at cemeteries and sing songs, play games, and bring the favorite foods of their dead relatives. Rather than seeing this time as sad and depressing, it is one of the happiest celebrations of the year as Mexicans believe that they can spend time with people that they miss. Sugar skulls are brightly decorated to show the sweetness of the celebration and the joy of being together again.
This week, we will be talking about this important Hispanic celebration as well as reviewing vocabulary pertaining to family and the house. Since El Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of family, this is the perfect week to practice what we have learned so far!
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