Provo High students and staff were fortunate to be able to see a traditional Day of the Dead altar on display Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Viri Carillo, a talented AP Art student, created a beautiful altar to celebrate this Mexican holiday. The altar was on display at lunch in front of the main office and included painted skulls, food and drink for the departed, paper marigolds, and a beautiful mosaic. Below is a brief explanation of the significance of the Day of the Dead. (Thanks Mrs. McConnell for providing the information!)
El Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) , a Mexican celebration, is a day to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. On this day in Mexico, the streets near the cemeteries are filled with paper decorations with cut-out designs, flowers, candy skeletons and skulls, and parades.
It is believed that the spirits of the dead visit their families on October 31st and leave on November 2nd.
In order to celebrate, the families make altars and place offerings of food such as sweet breads baked in shapes of skulls and figures, candles, incense, and yellow and orange marigolds. Most importantly, a photo of the departed soul is placed on the altar.
El Día de los Muertos is meant to be a celebration of loved ones and of the natural cycle of life.