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Dia de los Muertos

at Castle Park Elementary

by: CARMEN E. QUINTANA, Ph.D. Club Manager

The Castle Park Elementary School Chavez Club has been learning the second Cesar Chavez value which is "We Are All Different". As it happened, Dia de los Muertos was celebrated this month and our Chavistas learned about the Guamanian and African way of celebrating death, but also worked on understanding the Mexican holiday of Dia de los Muertos on Nov. 2nd. Our Chavistas studied the tradition and were joined by their parents to plan the celebration.

On our Nov. 1st club meeting we did a quick review of celebration highlights, shared family that passed away and special things about them. One Chavista lost a grandfather in a car accident two months ago. He was 62 years old and very close to the family members. It was heartbreaking to see/hear both our Chavista and parents struggle through tears to tell us how wonderful father and grandfather was. You could hear a pin drop.

Five parents joined us for our Dia de los Muertos celebration. We had champurrado, pan dulce, pan de muerto, candy, sugar skulls for each Chavista and while the Chavistas ate, the table conversations were about questions they had for those who shared, or other sharings of family members who passed. It was all very spiritual without intention. we are very proud of the Chavistas as were their parents.

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