Hola! Dia de los Muertes has come to the STEAM Lab! This tradition is celebrated all over the world, but especially in Mexico, where it is a public holiday celebrated 10/31-11/2. It dates back to the indigenous people of Mexico, however the holiday is celebrated throughout the world, including Westminster! Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, and honoring the deceased using sugar skulls and other decorations. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.
In the STEAM lab, our spanish classes made and decorated sugar skulls, as well as candles and tissue paper decorations. For the candles, we melted a total of 50 pounds of wax throughout the week and poured it into glass containers, holding the wicks up using popsicle sticks. We ended with a total of 82 large candles. The sugar skulls are made out of lots of sugar and egg whites, then they are packed into a mold of a skull. They are then decorated with fun colored icing! Additional flag decorations were made out of tissue paper. There is going to be a special Dios de la Muerte fiesta celebration this afternoon from 3-5pm with our own private altars, and muertos (the bread of the dead) . From the pictures, you can see some of the ofrendas being set up decorated with sugar skulls, pictures, candles, and the favorite foods of the deceased.
Enjoy all of the pictures!