Middle School’s Día de los Muertos Celebration
Schools across the Archdiocese are embracing cultural diversity and awareness more than ever this school year. While some neighborhoods are more diverse than others, we cannot leave it up to our surroundings to teach our children all the wonderful things other cultures have to offer. So, here at Saint Anne, we are incorporating cultures from around the world into our curriculum and classrooms. After all, America is a melting pot of nationalities all contributing to this wonderfully vibrant and diverse country we call home.
The Saint Anne Middle Schoolers are beginning their cultural journey around the world with Hispanic Heritage month which runs from September 15, 2021 through October 15, 2021. During this time, grades six through eight went on a virtual field trip to the National Museum of Mexican Art located right in the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago. The museum, opened in 1987 by educator Carlos Tortelero, works toward the goal of establishing an arts and cultural organization committed to accessibility, education, and social justice. Three goals Saint Anne promotes and strives toward on a daily basis!
On our virtual trip, the docent guided the students through the museum’s current display of altars for Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, as well as, the artwork of Mexican and Mexican-American artists which depict the culture and lives of Hispanic people. Día de los Muertos is celebrated on November 1st, All Saints Day and November 2nd, All Souls Day, and is “a celebration of life, death, and an invitation for the deceased to return home once again to those who love them on Earth” (mentalfloss.com). Students learned that Día de los Muertos is inspired by indigenous groups from pre-Columbian Mexico and Spain and is celebrated in America, Mexico, and Latin America. On November 1, 2021, children who have passed are remembered and celebrated and on November 2, 2021, everyone who has passed is honored.
The Saint Anne Middle Schoolers will be joining their Halloween celebration with a Día de los Muertos remembrance of our beloved family members and pets who have already gone to God. We are in the process of assembling our altar, have been making papel picado (art made from tissue paper) and will be painting sugar skulls during our Halloween party as we watch a film based on Día de los Muertos. We all look forward to sharing memories about our loved ones and embracing another culture!