Students Learn and Share About the Day of the Dead


By: Fernanda Ventura Palomo

November 6, 2021

October 31 through November 2nd is the Day of the Dead or Dias de Los Muertos celebration. You’re probably thinking it’s like Halloween, but it’s NOT. This is a holiday to celebrate dead loved ones. It is a celebration of life and death, with prayer and remembrance of those who have died. It is mostly celebrated in towns and cities of Mexico.

A Glasgow student shared that, “When I was little, my mother told me that my older brother thought he saw a spirit in the house.” Some believe when it’s the Day of the Dead, the spirits of their beloved come back or alive. They say that marigolds and candles help guide the spirits of the dead back to rejoin their family for 24 hours. When the clock strikes 12 at midnight on November 1, the gates of heaven open.  Now not many people celebrate the Day of the Dead at Glasgow, according to the results of a form taken by some students, and most don’t even know the basics.

November 1st is el Dia de Los Inocentes or the Day of Innocents, which is celebrated to remember dead children, November 2nd is the Day of the Dead for deceased adults. This holiday is celebrated by prayer, festivals, foods, and music. The traditional symbol of el Dia de Los Muertos is a skull and the different colors painted on the skulls represent different things. Purple represents pain and grief,  pink represents celebration, white represents clarity and hope, and so on. ¡Feliz Dia de Los Muertos!