Día de los Muertos


Students at Hollenbeck Middle School in East Los Angeles, California, honored the dead by creating altars on Día de los Muertos. The Day of the Dead is traditionally celebrated in Mexico and Latin America on November 1st and 2nd. This particular altar honors immigrants who have died and those who will die while crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in the hopes of having a better life in the United States.

See if you can find the traditional items on the altar:

  • Cempazuchitl (marigold flowers also known as Flor de Muerto)
  • Candles
  • Calaveras (skulls)
  • Pan de Muerto (bread)
  • Glass bottle of Coke
  • Fruit

See if you can find additional items that specifically represent their topic:

  • Toys (for the young immigrants who die)
  • A stuffed coyote (reference to the people immigrants pay to help them cross the border)
  • Water (many immigrants die from dehydration)
  • Mexican and American flags
  • a book, Borderlands/La Frontera, by Gloria Anzaldúa

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