‘Day of the Dead’ Celebrations

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As an extension of their class curriculum, Connetquot High School students in William Bedell's Level III Spanish classes recently celebrated “Dia de Los Muertos,” the Latin American holiday meaning Day of the Dead, in a very creative way.
 
While keeping in mind the meaning behind the holiday – one meant to be a joyous occasion where the memories of the deceased are remembered and cherished –  the students fashioned several customary holiday items.
 
They worked collaboratively to create an altar where items are offered in the memory of a deceased loved one, while Mr. Bedell created the copal (incense) that fills the air during the ceremonies. Additionally, the students had a calavera (skull) cake decorating contest based on the colorful skull symbols that play a large role within this custom.