Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a tradition celebrated in Mexico to honor and celebrate the lives of family and friends who have passed away. It is typically celebrated from November 1st to the 2nd.
This year several Delphian Middle School students created a Dia de los Muertos altar and shared the tradition of this holiday with the school. They created an altar to celebrate the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo who is known for her folk art and self portraits.
Day of the Dead altars are set with different elements depending on the region and availability. The altar created for Frida in the Delphian art gallery included a portrait of Frida Kahlo and fresh marigolds, otherwise known as "cempasuchil" or "flor de muertos" (flower of the dead). The altar also included traditional foods such as tamales, atol, oranges, apples and calabaza en tacha (candied pumpkin).
In addition to the fruits and foods, the students decorated the table with traditional sugar skulls, papel picado (or chiseled paper), candles, dolls and paintbrushes to represent Frida Kahlo's interests.