Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos at Campbell Collegiate

Spanish 10 ofrendas project


Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is celebrated throughout Mexico, many other Latin countries, and among Latino communities. The holiday typically begins November 1st and continues through November 2.

Filled with vibrant color, music and food, Día de los Muertos is a way of honoring and remembering the lives of the departed. The origins of the Day of the Dead in Mexico can be traced back to the time of the Aztecs and the Mayans. The rituals that celebrate the lives of the ancestors were performed by these civilizations for the last 3,000 years.

In general, this celebration includes decorating “ofrendas” altars (in homes or on tombstones). Decorations include photographs, candles, bright colored flowers of cempasúchil, food and favorite items to honor loved ones.

In a collaborative effort between the Spanish 10 and the Visual Arts classes (Shaune Marchtaller’s classes made beautiful calaveras), we worked together to celebrate Día de los Muertos to unify us in this cultural celebration that honours loved ones.

Please check out our students ofrendas and calaveras on the main level by the art room (101) and by room (116).



Spanish 10 ofrenda project