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Day Of The Dead

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Sara Valencia
This picture shows how students set up their altars nice and neatly.

Today is November 2, 2023, and today we celebrate the Day of the Dead. Dia de los muertos, as it’s also known, is when you celebrate a loved one’s death or a friend’s death. It’s also a celebration of life and death.

Day of the Dead first originated roughly about 3000 years ago. The first day it was celebrated in the US was around the 1890’s. The people who first started it were the Aztecs. When the Aztecs started celebrating day of the dead, they wouldn’t just have a few days of celebration they had an entire month that’s was dedicated to the death. Over the years it had settle down and now it’s only the first two days of November. When day of the dead is celebrated it is the border between the spirit world and the living world

A lot of people get a little table and they put pictures of their loved ones who have passed away. they will then decorate the table nicely with whatever they prefer. People then put candles, letters, flowers, etc. A lot of people like to put their loved ones who passed away favorite foods so they can enjoy eating it. During day of the dead one popular sweet to it is a sugar skull. A lot of little kids love to eat auger skulls.

A few days ago, in our journalism class we went to our school art gallery where there was a lot of different altars. Altars are structures dedicated to the deceased, which gifts, offerings, and food is placed on the alter in order to guide their spirits back among the living just for the holiday. When we were in the art gallery, I took some pictures. Their alters were really good and nice. On the altars there was many different pictures with different people. There were also candles, food, pictures, and there well know flower Marigold flower.

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I also went to our library to see the Ms. Pavlich’s students in intermediate ELD their projects that they made for the day of the dead. In their project they had a frame with a picture of somebody who passed away, they had little cut outs of the Marigold flowers, in the flowers they had their persons character traits written down, they also had a butterfly cut out in the frame, they had sugar skulls, candles, their person’s name, and their favorite foods. They also have pictures of their animals/ pets who have passed away.

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  • In this book it shows some questions and answer to know about the day of the dead.

  • In this picture is one of the tables in the library that the Eld students did.

  • This is another table in the library that has some picture frames with their person who passed away.

  • This is the last table in the library that has the altars made by the ELD students.

  • In this picture you can see the big altar in the art gallery.

  • This is another altar that is in the art gallery.

  • This picture has Marigold Flowers on the table as well as drawn and colored skulls.

  • in this picture there is pictures hanging of those who passed away.

  • In this picture there is posters in the back of people who have passed aways there is also candles on the table along with Marigold flowers, cards, and food.

  • In this picture it has a tapestry of a skull in the back and on the table, it has Marigold Flowers.

  • In this picture it has Skull drawings in the back, it also has pictures of those who have passed away, as well as loteria cards, and their favorite food.

  • In this picture it has a lot of big sugar skulls and pictures of those who have passed away.

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Sara Valencia
Sara Valencia, Contributor
Hey! I’m Sara Valencia and this is my first year in Santa Maria High School. I am also an athlete here at the high school. I am on the wrestling team. I am 14 years old I was born on the 10th of May, majority of my family members are born in May. it’s very common in our family to be born in May. I have had so many pets in the past but unfortunately they all passed away. I have had many many birds, a bunny, a dog, a rabbit. Unfortunately, like I said, they have all passed away. So now I only have two cats Oreo, and Michis. I have had Oreo for about six years now, and Michis I barley got him this year. I am truly both a dog and a cat person. Well, I’m an animal person because I like any type of animals/pets. This is my first time in journalism and if I’m being honest it is pretty fun. Some of my favorite hobbies are listening to music, and spending time with my family, especially my aunt. I am very excited for this school year and i am looking forward to it!.
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    Laura PavlichNov 2, 2023 at 9:18 am

    Love this! Great observation and detail in this article! Way to reflect the colors of this holiday :). Keep up the good work, Breeze!

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