The celebration of the Day of the Dead goes back more than 3,000 years, with Mexican Latin roots. On this day, the living remembers their dead and all those good things that were in life. Among the most relevant traditions is the elaboration of altars with photographs, food, candles, accessories and all things that were once used by the dead. Preparation of special food, the famous sweet skulls decorated and special dresses with painted face are staples of the celebration.
Del Mar Spanish students and the teaching team organized on the fourth level of the White Library on Nov. 2 to create an art exhibition with altars for the celebration of the Day of the Dead. The main objective of this activity was to provide a different cultural space for students of DMC so that they can learn from Mexican traditions and interact with the Spanish language, said Javier Morin, Spanish teacher.
This year’s elaborate altars were dedicated to the outstanding personalities of Corpus Christi, including Selena Quintanilla Perez and other Latin artists like Celia Cruz and Frida Kahlo. The Spanish students elaborated different artistic expressions with the theme of the celebration and decoration of skulls that represents the “Catrina,” a beautiful woman dressed in colorful accessories who visits the living during this celebration.
The participants enjoyed desserts and traditional food and interacted with other students. The act was a solemn specialty, and many took the opportunity to take pictures with colorful altars and learn more of this special tradition, that celebrates the life and memories of the loved ones already departed.