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Noche de Muertos 101 ~ Day of the Dead

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“Noche de Muertos” is a Mexican tradition celebrated primarily on the 1st and 2nd of November of each year. The day of the dead celebration has become very popular around the world, perhaps because of its colorful papel picado, fun calaveritas de azúcar and beautiful ofrendas. Although this is a great way to introduce the festivity to little ones and young students, it is important to understand and respect this tradition. Then, it will be truly cherished and awaited each year by generations to come. For more than 600 years, indigenous groups in Mexico have been performing different types of rituals to honor, interact and relate to life after death. Indigenous Mexico accepts death as part of a lifecycle without beginning or end. It is believed that the souls of the dead return for a visit to celebrate a family reunion. Families gather a few days before to prepare for the arrival of their loved ones. This can be at home, the cemetery or both. The items prepared and gathered are the food, drinks, and personal items the deceased loved. Also, personal items and tools are gathered for their journey back. The offering is an expression of love and acceptance of the cycle of life.

I believe that what is truly important to understand is that these two days are an opportunity to be with family and the community. A Maya professor states: “We celebrate togetherness with our dearly departed”.

Lasy year, I had the privilege of spending Noche de Muertos in Michoacan state. Here is a short video of the Tzintzuntzan’s procession. It was magical!


Great Resources:

Elementos imprescindibles para recibir a las ánimas

Noche de Muertos en Michoacan

A day of the Dead Story: Those Good Old November Days 

Day of the Dead: Celebration, History and Origins

For the niños

Two of my favorite storybook for Día de los Muertos!

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Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead
By Judy Goldman
Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead Noche de Muertos 101 ~ Day of the Dead

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Yo Recuerdo a Abuelito
Un cuento del Día de los Muertos
By Janice Levy
I Remember Abuelito: A Day of the Dead Story / Yo Recuerdo a Abuelito: Un Cuento del Día de los Muertos (Spanish and English Edition) Noche de Muertos 101 ~ Day of the Dead

Looking for Printable Activities to teach Día de los Muertos?

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Día de los Muertos 2015 events

Día de Muertos is a culturally rich celebration all people can enjoy and learn about.

Here is a list of places that are celebrating, so that you don’t miss it. Feel free to comment about an event. We will make sure to add it to our list.

PHOENIX
Día de lo Muertos PHX. Cultural Coalition
http://diadelosmuertosphx.com/
Location: Steele Indian School Park
Admission: Ticketed
For Kids: All Ages
2015 Dates: Sunday October 25 | 1-6 pm
Día de Muertos Celebration at Desert Botanical Garden
https://www.dbg.org/events/dia-de-los-muertos-celebration
Location: Desert Botanical Garden
Admission: Ticketed
For Kids: All Ages
2015 Dates: October 31- November 1st | 10-5 pm

AUSTIN
Lawndale Art Center 28th Annual Día de los  Muertos Series
http://houmuse.com/explore/events/28th-annual-dia-de-los-muertos/
Location: Houston Museum District
Admission: Ticketed
For Kids: All Ages
2015 Dates: October 19- November 7 | 10-5 pm

HOUSTON
Lawndale Art Center 28th Annual Día de los  Muertos Series
http://houmuse.com/explore/events/28th-annual-dia-de-los-muertos/
Location: Houston Museum District
Admission: Ticketed
For Kids: All Ages
2015 Dates: October 19- November 7 | 10-5 pm

LOS ANGELES
Día de Muertos Event List
http://www.latourist.com/index.php?page=dia-de-los-muertos
L.A. Tourist has an awesome and very detail list of the many día de muertos events around L.A.

SAN FRANCISCO
SOMArts’ annual Day of the Dead
http://www.somarts.org/exhibitions/day-of-the-dead/
Location: 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Admission: Ticketed
For Kids: All Ages
2015 Dates: October 9- November 9 | 10-5 pm

NEW YORK
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders presents Day of the Dead October
www.manoamano.us
Location:  St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery (131 E 10th St, New York)
Admission: Free
For Kids: All Ages
2015 Date: October 31 | 12-6 pm

SEATTLE
Dia de Muertos: A Mexican Celebration to Remember Our Departed
www.diademuertosenseattle.org
Location:  305 Harrison Street, Seattle,WA
Admission: Free
For Kids: All Ages
2015 Date: October 31 -Nov 1st| 11-6 pm

Looking for books, music or Día de los Muertos printables? I have some ideas for you!

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Día de Muertos Stories and Songs

Share with your children Día de Muertos stories and songs. It is a great way to introduce children to this beautiful and ancient indigenous tradition. My book recommendation has a mix of spanish, bilingual and english books. All books are fantastic and I have used them in class with my students.

… Al sonar las doce de la noche las calaveras salen a pasear… Con canciones humorísticas y decoraciones coloridas es como celebramos está gran tradición. El Día de Muertos es una celebración mexicana que honra a nuestros seres amados, que ya se han ido.

Aquí tenemos un par de cuentos y una canción para que compartas con tus estudiantes e hijos en casa.

LIBROS

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Yo Recuerdo a Abuelito
Un cuento del Día de los Muertos
By Janice Levy
I Remember Abuelito: A Day of the Dead Story / Yo Recuerdo a Abuelito: Un Cuento del Día de los Muertos (Spanish and English Edition)  Día de Muertos Stories and Songs

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El Día de los Muertos a Bilingual Celebration
Bob Barner
El dia de los muertos / The Day of the Dead (Spanish Edition)  Día de Muertos Stories and Songs

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Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead
Judy Goldman
Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead  Día de Muertos Stories and Songs

CANCION

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Una canción fácil y con un gran ritmo
An easy and great song to celebrate “Día de los Muertos”

Las Calaveras Salen a Pasear
Al sonar las doce de la noche
Las calaveras salen a pasear
Muy contentas se suben a su coche
En bicicleta y también a patinar.
Tumba, tumba, tumba vacía
Ciérrate ya que viene la fría
Jajaja que risa me da
Jajaja no me alcanzará.

Lastly but not least we have some free beautiful día de los muertos printables.

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