This weekend we visited MECA in Houston (Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts) for their annual Day of the Dead/ Día de los Muertos exhibit and celebration. The colorful displays, lively music and dancing, and smells of carnitas and fresh tortillas transported us to Mexico. Here is a slideshow of Day of the Dead pictures of what we saw, including the following essential components:
- Ofrendas (the altars families made for their loved ones)
- Food & water left for the visiting spirits (calabaza en tacha, pan de muerto, mole) because they are hungry and thirsy from their journey
- “Favorite items” from hobbies, vices, activities
- Photos, poems, prayers and memories
- Lots of skeletons and skulls
- Cempasuchitl (“flor de muerto“= marigold flowers)
- Candles and incense to light the way
Day of the Dead Pictures:
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Have you ever been to a Day of the Dead celebration? If you’ve enjoyed these Day of the Dead pictures, next October check out your nearest Mexican-American or Hispanic community center that are open in many large cities. Often times universities student groups will also put on a local Day of the Dead celebration. The largest Mexican fine arts museum in the United States is the National Museum of Mexican Art, located in Chicago, IL. They have a wonderful display of Day of the Dead ofrendas for visitors!
Take a moment to check out our Common Core aligned Day of the Dead Unit that can be found at the Kid World Citizen Teachers Pay Teachers Store! With a gorgeous minibook, festive decorations, and unique, themed activities, this unit has all the printables you need to introduce and celebrate Day of the Dead a classroom or home setting.
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