Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated on two days, starting November 1. The focus of the joyous holiday is a celebration of the lives of dead family and friends. It a melding of the Catholic holidays of All Saint’s Day (November 1), All Souls Day (November 2) and indigenous festivals that date back thousands of years.

Day of the Dead Resource Handout for Classroom or Homeschool: Just $2.00

Azcentral.com: Day of the Dead5 stars

"More than 500 years ago, when the Spanish Conquistadors landed in what is now Mexico, they encountered natives practicing a ritual that seemed to mock death. It was a ritual the indigenous people had been practicing at least 3,000 years." In addition to a calendar of Arizona events celebrating the Day of the Dead, Azcentral.com features the history of the holiday, dozens of craft ideas, a glossary, and lots of recipes. But the best click is the Students and Teachers section that includes a printable handout with coloring pages, a word search puzzle, craft templates, and lesson plans.

Day of the Dead in Mexico3 stars

"Day of the Dead in Mexico represents a mixture of Christian devotion and Pre-Hispanic traditions and beliefs. As a result of this mixture, the celebration comes to life as an unique Mexican tradition including an altar and offerings dedicated to the deceased." Photographer Mary J. Andrade has been capturing Day of the Dead celebrations throughout Mexico since 1987. This site showcases her books and photography with a gallery organized by city (such as Tlaxcala and Veracruz) and subject (such as altars, toys, and parade of the children.)

Kinderart: Day of the Dead Calavera Skull Masks4 stars

This beautiful skull mask art project (the Spanish word for skull is "calavera") was designed by teaching artist Anitra Redlefsen. The downloadable templates come in two flavors: one with a design in black and white, ready to be colored, the other a blank mask, ready for your own design. Be sure to also check out Ms. Redlefsen's site, where she has another Day of the Dead art project called Day of the Dead Marigold Sculpture, and the link listed under Resources, which houses lots of Day of the Dead PowerPoints for classroom or after-school club.

Day of the Dead Resource Handout for Classroom or Homeschool: Just $2.00

Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

Enchanted Learning: Day of the Dead Crafts

Inside Mexico: Day of the Dead

Nicholas Beatty: Dia de los Muertos Photography

PPPST.com: Day of the Dead Presentations


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Feldman, Barbara. "Day of the Dead." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 19 Oct. 2010. Web. 5 Jul. 2015. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/day-of-the-dead/ >.


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