The Bright School celebrated Dia de los Muertos on November 1 by creating special art projects and tasting pan de los muertos.
Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that honors the dead and is a time for remembering and rejoicing those who have passed away. It is celebrated each year around the time of Halloween and All Saints Day and All Souls Day.
In Spanish and art classes, students learn about the holiday, the symbols and the art created for the day. Sugar skulls and papel picados are some of the ornate pieces of art used on Dia de los Muertos.
Bright students created original works of art using symbols of the day such as marigolds, skeletons and skulls, and spider webs in vibrant colors. Each grade made different projects. Junior pre-kindergarten and pre-kindergarten made skull masks. Kindergarten and first grade drew vases of flowers with tissue paper blossoms, and second grade made skull puppets. Third, fourth and fifth grade made different versions of tin folk art.
After making the projects under the direction of art teacher Thankful Davis and Spanish teacher Cindy Avendano, the students tasted pan de los muertos, which is a sweet bread made only for this holiday.