Cascabeles

The Year 6 children at Huntingdon Academy are enjoying learning this Spanish version of Jingle Bells to send to their twin school in Spain.

 

El Dia de los Muertos

Day of the Dead Celebration

 

The Day of the Dead – known as Dia de los Muertos – is a special holiday celebrated at the beginning of November. This tradition that originated in Mexico is a time when families come together to celebrate and remember their ancestors and their loved ones who have passed away.

In the days leading up to the holiday, families create beautiful altars, called ofrendas, in their homes. Family members take time to add pictures of their loved ones who are remembered with gifts of flowers, candles and the person’s favourite foods and drinks when they were alive.

One of the most iconic and colourful items you will see during the Day of the Dead festivities is the sugar skull, or calavera. These skulls, which can come in different sizes, are made of sugar and are decorated with icing to be fun and colourful, and taste like candy. Some even have feathers, glitter, hats, or other objects attached to make them more personal.

Sugar skull

You might think that the sugar skulls are scary, but unlike the skulls you see at Halloween, these are happy, colourful and smiling. The skulls are meant to capture the joy and reflect the happy memories associated with lost loved ones. People will also paint their faces to look like a sugar skull to celebrate the holiday.

Sugar skull face painting

While I was in Paris this week I walked past the Mexican embassy. I was very pleased to see they had an alter outside the building to celebrate El Dia de los Muertos. Here it is!