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DP Spanish ab initio activity – “Day of the Dead” 2022

Written by Elijah Smith, Y12

The Day of the Dead, or “Día de los Muertos” in Spanish, is a holiday that remembers loved ones that have passed away. The day of the dead is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, mostly in Mexico, but also nations where there is significant Mexican influence. As a Spanish Ab Initio student, I not only learn the language, but also the culture, as they are so interconnected. I was fortunate enough to be able to learn about this unique holiday, and even participate in some of the activities. The Spanish teacher, Mrs Alex, set up an altar, as well as made posters to teach others about the holiday. All the Spanish students in DP and MYP were able to wear face paint to commemorate the holiday. The experience as a whole was an excellent insight into the holiday and the culture surrounding it, and a unique learning opportunity.

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