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Dia de los Muertos

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Dia de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated in South America. The Spanish club brought it to Riverbend on Tuesday, October 30th. Students decorated skulls and created other crafts that are associated with Dia de los Muertos, also known as the “Day of the Dead.” This was one of the main themes of the Disney movie, “Coco.”
“El Dia de los Muertos is a remembrance of your family and dead loved ones,” Spanish teacher Senora Diaz stated. Although her family doesn’t celebrate it personally, she says she likes many aspects of the holiday. “My favorite part of it is the family gatherings and remembering the good memories of your dead loved ones,” Ms. Diaz says.
Another person who enjoys this holiday and the traditions associated with it, is sophomore, Jhasmelly Melgar. “It’s a way to honor your dead loved ones. It’s also kind of like a festival,” Melgar says. Some of her favorite things about it are all the decorative candles and the colors during the festival. Melgar added, “My family and I don’t really celebrate it but I do enjoy seeing the pretty makeup the women in Mexico use.”
Freshmen Juliana Norbrey stated, “It’s a day to celebrate your dead ancestors.” She doesn’t celebrate this holiday, but enjoys the unique celebration that makes this seemingly sad time a happy holiday. “The celebration they have is very special and how they make it happy is pretty cool to me,” says Norbrey.
The Day of the Dead is celebrated by many people. Students who were a part of it at Riverbend this year witnessed a great holiday, and students who didn’t should do it next year.

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