Students in Spanish classes at Johnson Central High School took part this week in a celebration to learn about Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican holiday in which families remember their deceased ancestors.
Ben Stephens, Spanish and American Sign Language teacher at JCHS, said the kids had fun with the project.
“Dia de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday celebrated November 1 and 2,” Stephens said. “We put together altars for their make-believe deceased loved ones to honor them and invite them back. It’s a holiday that they believe the spirits come back to visit them for two days.”
Each of Stephens’ classes picked different imaginary relatives for whom they built memorial altars. One class, for example, opted to build an altar for the late Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, a popular Spanish language singer and actress who was killed in 1995.
JCHS Principal Noel Crum said the altars were judged, but each of them turned out great after numerous hours of work by the students.
Some students came to school Friday in painted faces, and many also brought traditional Mexican dishes for the celebration.