MVHS Celebrates Dia De Los Muertos

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MVHS Celebrates Dia De Los Muertos

Ballet Folklorico performs at lunch in the quad for Dia de los Muertos.

Ballet Folklorico performs at lunch in the quad for Dia de los Muertos.

Arianna Douangmala

Ballet Folklorico performs at lunch in the quad for Dia de los Muertos.

Arianna Douangmala

Arianna Douangmala

Ballet Folklorico performs at lunch in the quad for Dia de los Muertos.

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What is Dia De Los Muertos aka Day of the Dead? Dia De Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in other regions too, typically where Mexican heritage is.

It is celebrated every year from October 31 to November 2, and it is the celebration of life and death. November 1 is for the children that have passed and November 02 is for the adults.

They celebrate with foods, decorations, and altars for their dead loved ones filled with their picture and food. Putting pictures on an altar is a way of remembering their loved ones and helping them find their way home to the altars.  They’re loaded with offerings water to quench thirst after the long journey, food, family photos, and a candle for each dead relative. If one of the spirits is a child, you might find small toys on the altar.

“Dia De Los Muertos is such a huge holiday in my family and I’m pretty sure in any other Hispanic household,” said Ashley Tellez, junior.

We also celebrate here at MoVal, too. This year, there were celebrations during both lunches featuring decorations all over the quad area, and the selling of Hispanic food and drinks such as posole, tacos, horchata, and jamaica. There was a performance by Mr.Vasquez’s band class as well a performance by a 3 person group called “Los De Moreno.” The show finished with a dance from Ballet Folklorico. Each of the performances had their own way of expressing what Dia De Los Muertos is about.

“For being only a high school I think we did a pretty great job at really bringing the Hispanic vibes and celebrating Dia De Los Muertos,” said Daniela Diaz, junior.

Students even created their own altar in the S-wing that Mrs. Perez made by her classroom; she allowed students to go and put up pictures of their loved ones or just to decorate. It was filled with all sorts of decorations, pictures, and the signature flower, marigolds.

Marigolds are the main flowers used to decorate the altar. Scattered from altar to gravesite, marigold petals guide wandering souls back to their place of rest. The smoke from copal incense, made from tree resin, transmits praise and prayers and purifies the area around the altar.

“It’s such a fun thing to experience even if you’re not Hispanic, you don’t need to be. Just have fun,” said Solè Scorza, junior.