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By Grace O’Brien, 11th grader


Ofrenda in the library, made to celebrate Día De Los Muertos

Día De Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday to honor and celebrate dead ancestors. Every year, the holiday lasts from October 31st to November 2nd, with family members creating ofrendas, or altars with items dedicated to ancestors. Students at Stacey Jr./Sr. High School created ofrendas to put in the library, and Mr. Ochoa (Stacey Spanish teacher) invited students and staff to bring their own photos of deceased relatives, so that they could honor them for the holiday.

Mr. Ochoa wanted to teach others about different traditions and their reasons, as well as the symbols of Día De Los Muertos. This year, Spanish students focused on the origins of the Catrinas and Alebrijes while preparing for the holiday. La Catrina is the elegantly dressed and decorated skeleton most people associate with the holiday, and Alebrijes are colorful and fantastical animals that represent spirit guides. These are two of the major symbols of the celebration, along with skeletons. “Some might be scared because of the skeletons, but the skeleton is a very important symbol that represents death,” Mr. Ochoa stated when explaining the importance of celebrating the holiday at Stacey. The ofrenda in the library and the area around it were decorated with art and drawings of these iconic symbols.

The ofrendas and decorations put in the Stacey library were a special way to include the holiday at Stacey, and many hope that creating the ofrenda will become a yearly tradition at Stacey. Mr. Ochoa also hopes that the students and teachers of Stacey can make it special to them, saying, “Hopefully integrate ideas to celebrate the life of our military heroes who gave their lives to protect our country. Make it a unique and special tradition for Stacey Jr/Sr High.” Continuing this tradition would be a way to closely include our military family members and past loved ones in a way we normally might not be able to.

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