The Foreign Language departments at Delano High School and Cesar E. Chavez High School recently participated in Dia de Los Muertos - the Day of the Dead - a holiday to celebrate and honor loved ones who have passed away. Although marked throughout Latin America, Dia de Los Muertos is most strongly associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated.
Under the guidance of the Foreign Language teachers, students created Dia de Los Muertos cultural projects that consisted of making alters in which they placed items that reminded them of their loved one such as their favorite foods or hobbies. Some added marigold flowers and the purpose of it is to guide the dead.
At Delano High School, the student alters were exhibited in the foreign language department area on November 1-2 during school hours where staff and students were able to walk by the corridor to see the projects and to engage in this cultural learning opportunity.
At Cesar Chavez High School, the foreign language department hosted an evening event called the "Dead of the Dead Extravaganza" on November 2. Activities included face painting, kids coloring section, folklorico dances and performances, student alters and food for sale.
Natalie Ceja and Evelyn Mandojano chose a Mexican artist named Pedro Infante for their alter project said they chose Pedro because it is the music their parents like to listen to and that they "enjoyed the project because it was fun."