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Art Class: Day of the Dead Mask Making for Children
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The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos or All Souls' Day) is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Latin Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration occurs on November 1st and 2nd in connection with the Catholic holiday of All Saints' Day which occurs on November 1st and All Souls' Day which occurs on November 2nd. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.
This is a very special ritual, it is the day in which the living remember their departed relatives. Sometimes, when people of other cultures hear for the first time about the celebration of the Day of the Dead, they mistakenly think it must be: gruesome, terrifying, scary, ugly and sad. Nothing can be further from the truth, Day of the Dead is a beautiful ritual in which Mexicans happily and lovingly remember their loved relatives that have died. Much like when we go to a graveyard to leave some lovely flowers on a tomb. On November 1st and 2nd Mexico celebrates the Day of the Dead, with Art By Mia we will use art and mask making to commemorate El Día de los Muertos.
The children will learn about Mexico and the significance of why the Day of the Dead is celebrated. The colors, shapes, items, flowers and images associated with the sacred holiday. The class will be very interactive and we will work collaboratively in celebrating this most sacred holiday in a creative way.
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