Day of the Dead
The Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday, is celebrated on November 1. It is a day to remember those who have passed, including loved ones and family members. It is known as a celebration of life.
In Columbus, a festival for Day of the Dead will be held Nov. 2 at the Commons downtown. It will last from 5 to 7 p.m. It is an annual community event that features authentic Mexican food and dance. Altars will be set up to honor the lives of famous Mexicans.
The Spanish classes are given an extra credit opportunity for participating in the event. Students can make sugar cookies to sell, create memory altars, attend the event and volunteer at a booth.
Spanish student senior Andrew Scott said, “I think [Day of the Dead] is very important to the Hispanic culture. It’s a great time for the community. There are lots of fun things to do around town.”
Day of the Dead was begun by the Aztecs over 3000 years ago, according to azcentral.com. Today, it coincides with All Saints Day and All Souls Day.
Junior Tejas Kandharkar, another Spanish student, said Day of the Dead “is interesting because it is a very colorful festival and it’s very vibrant. It’s really cool to learn about new cultures and it’s one of the most iconic times of the year in the Hispanic culture.”