LHS Students Participate in Dia de los Muertos

LHS Students Participate in Dia de los Muertos

By Lexxi Swanson The Sheldon Museum of Art held the 2014 annual festival of Dia de los Muertos on Sunday, November 2nd. The festival was held from 12 to 4 at The Sheldon Museum of Art. Dia de los Muertos, often called the Day of the Dead, is an important Latino holiday celebrated on November

By Lexxi Swanson

day_of_the_deadThe Sheldon Museum of Art held the 2014 annual festival of Dia de los Muertos on Sunday, November 2nd. The festival was held from 12 to 4 at The Sheldon Museum of Art. Dia de los Muertos, often called the Day of the Dead, is an important Latino holiday celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. It celebrates those who have passed away with lively music, parties, great food, along with plenty of dancing.

From 12:30 to 1:30, Lincoln Public School students performed several different small acts that pertained to the culture of Dia de los Muertos. Students from Lincoln High did several different performances, both of the serious and more fun varieties.

The most serious performance was done before the other routines. “First we had two pairs of students doing readings of poetry and prose from Guatemalan authors,“ Spanish teacher at LHS, Janet Eckerson said. The poems were performed bilingually.

Next, LHS students did one of two different activities, along with more audience participation. During this activity, a group of students read a poem called, “Where are the Skulls?” or “Donde son las Calebras?” in Spanish. “We had students with their face painted, sitting in the audience,” Eckerson said. Children would find the students with their faces painted in the audience.

The other fun activity was mainly focused on the children in the audience. Children were invited down to the stage, and were given skull masks to wear. They were able to hang out with the students who had their faces painted, while listening to a story about Dia de los Muertos.

There were also other activities going on during the festival. Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim played music during most of the event. There were also several craft tables where children, along with those who are children at heart, made masks and other crafts. Chips, salsa, water, hot chocolate, cookies, and other various sweets were also present during the entire event.

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