Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. The significance of this holiday is for prayer and remembrance of friends and family members who have passed away. It’s related to All Saints Day. It begins on October 31 and ends on November 2. October 31 is a day of preparation; making tamales and other ethnic foods, building an “ofrenda” (alter) in their house, using marigold flowers (some used in vases) and petals by the ton used to make paths and pictures on the sidewalk and leading to the “ofrenda”, cleaning their cemeteries and letting the children entertain themselves eating sugar skulls and playing folk art skeletons. November 1 they remember the children that have passed on and November 2 is the big day, with festivals, parades, food, drinks, and parties all leading up to the procession at dusk to the cemetery. In the cemetery, each family goes to their family plot and they eat and sing, drink and party until the wee hours of the morning. Then they all head home, carrying their sleeping children, knowing they had another successful Día de los Muertos celebration.
On Thursday, November 2, 2017, Mrs. Graham and her combined Spanish classes from Frankfort and Centralia celebrated this holiday together. Frankfort was bussed over to Centralia to cook foods all day. At 2:30 all of the classes came together for the feast. We fed 83 Spanish students. Not including the 5 Senior Spanish 3 students from Frankfort, who were on job-shadows that day.