Dias de Muertos At Grimmway
November 8, 2018
Grimmway Academy held their Dias de Muertos Festival on Friday morning as they honored those loved ones who have passed away.
A lot of the students dressed in traditional fashion, sporting painted faces, wearing festival outfits, with some in black and others in bright colors, celebrating their loved ones lives and the chance to have them visit during the celebration.
The students had built an ofrenda, or altar, to honor their loved ones who had passed. It was decorated with their loved ones' pictures, as well as their favorite candies, flowers and other trinkets that hold special meaning to them.
Tradition is that the altars are constructed to honor these loved ones and invite them to celebrate with them during the event. Irene Montoya of Grimmway Academy
said that the event was made possible by the students, staff, volunteers and parents who volunteered.
Montoya said that the students were given a lesson on the origins of the holiday, as well as answering questions they may have about it. She also said that the movie Coco
was a big help in teaching the kids about the tradition.
In addition to dressing up and setting up the altars,
the students were treated to traditional Mexican pastry,
face painting, and traditional music playing. A folklorico
group entertained the children with a couple of traditional
dances celebrating the holiday, dressed in their traditional
dresses and makeup.
One section of the school was set up for the pre-K to
kindergarten students; the other section was made up for
the grade-school children.
Elizabeth and Emily Lopez were two students in special
dresses and white makeup on their faces, celebrating
the holiday. They said that they were having a lot of fun
watching the dancing and hearing the music, and thinking
about the holiday. "This is a lot of fun," said Emily.
The children were told of the traditions of the holiday
and the origins of it. Traditionally, people go to festivals
or cemeteries to be with the souls of departed loved ones.
Altars are made containing favorite food and beverages,
as well as photos and memorabilia, of the departed to
encourage visits from their souls. A lot of the time is spent
either praying or telling anecdotes
about the deceased,
allowing them to feel closer
to their loved ones.