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Everything you need to know about Dia de los Muertos

Day of the Dead, a Mexican tradition to honor their passed loved ones, is celebrated through the U.S., including McHenry
Carly Byer
Families who celebrate Día de Los Muertos often set up ofrendas to commemorate and welcome their loved ones who have passed away. MCHS’s Latin American Student Organization hosted the Day of the Dead event on November 4 at the Upper Campus.

Dia de los Muertos, also known as the Day of the Dead, is celebrated Nov. 1 and 2. The holiday is about being with a loved one who has died. Normally there are altars where you put the person who has passed favorite things as in toy cars, stuffed animals, or jewelry.

Dia de los Muertos is a day where people get together to be with their past loved ones, with altars, sugar skulls, traditional food, festivals, parades, cemetery visits, and also marigold flowers known as cempazúchitl. Louis Aguilar, a staff member here at MCHS, says what Dia de los Muertos means to him.

“Just remembering the past which I’ll never experience today because I’m alive,” said Aguilar. “But it is to recognize those who have passed away. Family members, friends, anybody you find important. The one picture I put up was a picture of I believe my great great grandfather who was in the Mexican Revolution.”

Aguilar continued, “I never knew that. So to me, this was like the oldest piece of history in my family. It is very important for people to keep digging into the history of their family to find their identity and recognize themselves.”

Dia de los Muertos tells us about each of our families’ history from what they did in the past to what they liked doing as a hobby, it is a way for people to get more connected with family members who have passed on.

Dia de los Muertos gives people a chance to be with the ones they love once again.

Here at MCHS, LASO hosted a special event to honor Dia de los Muertos on Nov. 4, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m in the Warrior Room at the Upper Campus. The event was free to anyone who wants to participate and featured activities, face painting, a photo booth, dancing, food, a movie, raffles and more.

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