Cultural Awareness for Dia de Los Muertos
As part of the cultural studies at Sayville High School, Mrs. Christine Richter’s Spanish class made sugar skulls for the Día de los Muertos holiday that is celebrated in Mexico on November 1st and 2nd. This holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico to honor the lives of loved ones that have passed away and the sugar skulls are used to represent the deceased.
Some Background information from USA Today article “No, Día de los Muertos isn't 'Mexican Halloween”
The Day of the Dead, … focuses squarely on death (it's in the name after all). But rather than treating it as something dark and frightening, the Day of the Dead is largely about laughing in the face of death, as represented by the ubiquitous skulls and skeletons known as calaveras and Catrinas, which are often depicted dancing or playing music. And though it is about remembering lost loved ones, the holiday is more a time to celebrate their memories than to mourn their loss.