After fall break, your child will be learning about the Day of the Dead holiday which is celebrated in parts of Mexico and Latin America at the end of October through the beginning of November. We will be reading stories about the celebration, and each grade level will produce traditional artwork that is typically associated with this holiday. In addition, students will have the opportunity to taste “pan de muertos”, a special bread that is only made for the “Día de los Muertos” celebration. The students will be discovering that the Day of the Dead celebration is a jubilant and festive tradition that unties families and establishes a sense of identity. It is a time for happy memories of loved ones, not scary stories! Families make special foods and picnic at the graves of their loved ones. In this way, the festival is similar to the manner Memorial Day is celebrated in the United States. By studying the art and culture of Mexico as part of our curriculum and learning about this celebration, I hope to create an exciting cultural experience for your child. If you have any questions about the Day of the Dead celebration, please feel free to contact me at school (615-298-8416 ext.1017). Thank you for taking the time to appreciate what your child is learning and creating in Spanish class.
You can find more information about “El Día de los Muertos” at www.cheekwood.org. Cheekwood’s 18th annual “Día de los Muertos” celebration will be held on Saturday, October 28 from 9:00am - 5:00pm. It is fun celebration with entertainment, art activities, exhibits, vendors, food and more! Cheekwood members and youth 17 and under are admitted for free!