Thursday, October 16, 2014

Día de los Muertos: Throughout the Years

Many of you might have noticed that Día de los Muertos has reached Latinos and non-Latinos in America with a bang this year. Some will say that thanks to a new animated film, people are finally recognizing this huge Mexican custom, tradition, and event for the first time. However anyone wants to think about the current phenomenon, we cannot say that this a bad thing. Anytime our children can learn more about their culture, or another, we should embrace it.

While I have always taught and talked to my boys about Día de los Muertos, this is the first year I am preparing for our own ofrenda on a home altar. My parents bought me a Catrina this year, who will definitely take center stage, and have sent me colorful candles especially for our altar. I even received a call from an aunt in Mexico tonight to let me know she is shipping pan de muerto with other necessities and that I should keep an eye out for that box! I have been buying everything I see that is for Day of the Dead, as well.

For us, this year, Día de los Muertos will be a little bigger than other years for so many reasons. My boys are getting older and one will understand a lot more than his brothers. He can't wait to see The Book of Life this weekend and mainly because of Mommy Maestra! Throughout the years, thanks to Monica, the founder of this amazing site, my boys have been learning about this beautiful tradition for a while now! Thank you for helping parents and teachers educate our children in this way and SO many other ways. We are truly grateful for all your hard work.

For the past four years, Monica has created printables, developed lesson plans, and gathered great Día de los Muertos ideas for kids of all ages. I hope you find all the resources that you need in the links below. 

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