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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Día de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a festival to honor and remember deceased loved ones.  It is a celebration of life and not meant to be sad. Día de los Muertos often takes place over three days, starting on October 31st and ending on November 2nd. On the first day, alters, called ofrendas, are created and decorated them with candles, flowers, food, and photos of the deceased. These alters are meant to welcome the souls into the home. The second day, November 1st is dedicated to the souls of deceased children, and November 2nd, the third day is dedicated to the souls of adults. During this festival, the graves of relatives are decorated and there are often parades to honor them.

To learn more about Día de los Muertos and for suggested activities, visit these links:

Gale: Diversity Studies (need FCPL library card)
Britannica School (need FCPL library card)
Britannica Escolar (Español, need FCPL library card)
Deep Space Sparkle: Sugar Skull Line Drawings & Collage
Globe Trottin Kids: Discover the Traditions of Día de los Muertos
Read Your World
The Kids should See This: Dia de los Muertos – An Animated Journey to the Land of the Dead
Parent Map: 9 DIY Ways to Celebrate Day of the Dead with Kids
National Geographic Kids: Day of the Dead
Smithsonian: 5 Facts about Día de los Muertos
Spruce: Celebrate Día de los Muertos with Kids
Homeschool Super Freak: 24 Day of the Dead Activities for Kids: Understanding Día de los Muertos History