Day of the Dead by Tony JohnstonAbove a small town in Mexico, the sun rises like a great marigold, and one family begins preparations for an annual celebration, El dia de los muertos, the Day of the Dead. Soon they will go out into the night, join their neighbors, and walk to the graveyard to welcome the spirits of their loved ones home again. Framed by decorative borders and peppered with Spanish words, Day of the Dead is a glorious introduction to a fascinating celebration. A note at the end of the book provides factual information about the holiday.
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It is an important holiday that honours deceased loved ones. It is believed that the deceased return during that time to rejoice with the living. Families visit their graves and build altars decorated with flowers, candles, pan de muerto, sugar skulls, and pictures. Two children celebrate their ancestors with marigolds, sugar skulls, special bread, and other delicious foods. By spreading marigold petals, they guide the dead home to join the singing and dancing.
Make Your Own List. The Latin American holiday commemorating dead relatives is characterised by altars decorated with skulls and marigolds, explains the author of a book on how the festival has now migrated to the American mainstream. Before we look at your five books can you give a basic description of what the Day of the Dead is?
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As with many traditions, this holiday has a rich history and has evolved since it began 2, years ago. Activities include visiting cemeteries, cooking large meals, and sharing stories of loved ones. We remember those who have moved on and we cherish those we still have with us. As a classroom teacher, use your best judgement on how deep you want to dig into the holiday. One year, I had a student who had recently lost a family member and was devastated by the loss. I knew it was in our best interest to share the holiday minimally.