Sra. Rivas took each Spanish class on an in-school field trip to our ofrenda to explain the traditions of the celebration. Here are some facts about it:
- It is a celebration of life not death. We celebrate and remember the lives of the people we have loved who died.
- The ofrenda is an important part of the celebration.
- Every ofrenda also includes the four elements: water, wind, earth and fire. Water is left in a pitcher so the spirits can quench their thirst. Papel picado, or traditional paper banners, represent the wind. Earth is represented by food, especially bread. Candles are often left in the form of a cross to represent the cardinal directions, so the spirits can find their way.
- Flowers, butterflies and skulls are important symbols
- The middle school students made flowers that were displayed on our ofrenda.
Information taken from: https://insider.si.edu/2016/10/5-facts-dia-de-los-muertos-day-dead/