Students honor Day of the Dead with altars

Staff Report

In Mexico, each town and each region has their own traditions, but there is one tradition that spans the entire country, the celebration of Dia de los Muertos.

Students from Señora Kendrick’s and Mr. Ayala’s Spanish classes put together altars or ofrendas to celebrate the Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos.

Dia de los Muertos is a celebration that honors the dead with love and good memories.

Altars or “ofrendas” are a collection of objects placed on a ritual display or “altar.”

According to Mr. Ayala, the assignment is meant to teach the student body about the importance of the event culturally.

“We celebrate for two reasons,” Ayala said. “One; cultural and two; to learn about our ancestors.”

The Ofrenda

The ofrenda is intended to welcome the spirits of their loved ones. Cempasúchil or marigold flowers are commonly used to decorate the altars and guide spirits home. Common objects placed on the altars are favorite foods, water, images of their loved ones, pan dulce, salt and candles are all used in altars.

The celebration is from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

Daniella Magallanes
An altar is made for late actor Luke Perry. Perry died in March.
Issac Basurto
Altars on display in the upstairs West hallway.
Kaitlyn Moran
Senior Nathanael Ramirez-Brown photographs the ofrendas on display in the West hallway.
Daniella Magallanes
Damara Baustert
An ofrenda is put on display in the upstairs West hallway.
Aylin Smilovitz
An ofrenda for the late singer “Jenni Rivera” is displayed in the upstairs West hallway. Rivera was a Latin pop star and was loved by many.
Angelica Giraldez
A student quietly pays her respects at the altars or “ofrendas” set up by the Spanish department.