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Year 8 Students on a Cultural Adventure and Celebrate the Day of the Dead

10 November 2016

This week, BISS Puxi's Year 8 Spanish students have worked on the topic of the big festival in Mexico called 'Día de los muertos'. That means ‘The day of the dead’.

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The real difference between the day of the dead and Halloween is that the day of the dead is a more respectful festival about celebrating the dead people. Also, Halloween is more about hanging out with friends and going out for trick or treat (sweets), and the day of the dead is all about having fun with the whole big family including amazing parties.

Día de los muertos is celebrated between 31st of October and the 2nd of November. They decorate their houses and dress up like dead spirits like skeletons and ghosts. It is lots of effort behind the festival itself and people spend lots of time on baking cakes and bread. Year 8 have learned about all this and more of course! At the end of this topic we painted our faces and everyone looked so cool and scary! We loved it!!! 

Alice Sandahl, 8P

Quotations:

‘During this week’s Spanish lessons I learned new Spanish vocabulary, and many new things about the Day of the Dead and Mexican culture in general’. (Onni Sillanpaa)

‘On Wednesday we had the most fun as we got in groups and we designed a mask to paint on our faces. Then we went down to the field and we painted our faces like the Mexicans do. Surprisingly it turned out well’. (Amadeus Ingman)

‘The Day of the Dead is one of the most special festivals in Mexico where their dead relatives or friends come back to life for one day which should be very special for everybody’. (Eugene Kai Yan Kam)

“We painted each other, took photos and played. We spent three days very satisfyingly, learning about the Day of the Dead.” (Erin Min Seo Kim)

“If Halloween is to scare away the souls, the day of the dead is more to respect them. But we must remember, the day of the dead is a joyful day to celebrate, not to grieve them!” (Jessica Yoon Seo Lee)

“I mostly enjoyed the skull face painting because it was fun to get painted and see the designs other people had on their faces” (Arthur Restell)

‘Mexicans do not think this is a miserable day. They think this day is happy because they can meet their families and friends during the festival’. (Junha Choi)

‘The Day of the Dead tradition is rooted in Mexican culture and has been celebrated for thousands of years. It was first part of the Aztec culture, but became mixed with Christian beliefs when the Spaniards went to Mexico’. (Rachel Ban)

‘Last week we learnt about the Día de los Muertos ( the Day of the Dead). We learnt what they eat and what they do during this festival’. (Romy Hoffman)

‘They have lots of different traditions including, decorating graves with marigolds, also they make a bread called pan de muertos, or the bread of the dead, which has decorations of bones and a teardrop’. (Sam Cawley)

‘People decorate their graves with pictures of their relatives and flowers, and even their favourite food and drink. They make a path way of flowers leading to their houses, and they also paint their faces and eat skulls mad out of sugar’. (Tom Goritshnig) 

Luz Quevedo, Head of Modern Foreign Languages

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