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The Day of the Dead

07 november 2017

Last week in school we learnt about "el día de los muertos" or the day of the dead in Spanish class. Although it shares the same time as Halloween, it is quite different.

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On Monday, we learnt about the origins of the day of the dead and how it came to be. It comes from both the Mayan and the Aztec beliefs and cultures. It truly began once the Spanish invaded South America and the three cultures merged and formed the day of the dead.

On Thursday, we learnt about the many traditions of "el día de los muertos" and when it takes place. From October the 31st to November the 2nd the people of Mexico visit the cemeteries and clean the tombs of their deceased loved ones. They construct shrines in their homes and decorate them with flowers and edible chocolate skulls. They then light candles to light the way for the spirits.

On Friday, we all painted each other’s faces like they do during the day of the dead.

- Fred Halls, Year 8 Student

“On Friday we used our artistic skills to paint skulls on our friends faces. I had a lot of fun and I hope we get this learning opportunity again.” - Aleeza Sherwani, Year 8 Student