Mexican Halloween

As part of our “Let’s Party” Integrated Curriculum topic, the children in Year 1 learnt about Mexican Halloween, or “Día de los Muertos”.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mexican Halloween is a very old Mexican tradition from Aztec customs, when people take the time to remember family members, friends and pets who have passed away.

The holiday, which is celebrated mostly in Mexico on November 1st and 2nd, is like a family reunion—except dead ancestors are the guests of honour. It is a joyful time that helps people remember the deceased and celebrate their memory.

We set up a candlelit altar for Frida Khalo (a mexican artist) and Lyubov Popova (a Russian artist), so their spirits could find their way back. The altar had some of their favourite foods, just in case they got hungry when they came back. We also held a big banquet in the classroom for the all the children and parents who came to celebrate Mexican Halloween with us.

And don't forget the skeletons. We dressed up as skeletons and did a dance for the school and for the parents. We did a traditional Mexican Hat Dance, and learnt the words for the song as well.

We loved learning about different traditions. Thank you for all the support from the parents.