Día de los Muertos
¡Hola amigos y amigas!
In addition to teaching Spanish to our students, it is also important to teach them the cultural aspects of Spanish speaking countries. Día de los Muertos is an important holiday for Latin American cultures, especially in Mexico. We want to share some links with useful information about Día de los Muertos.
Our friend, Carolina, from Fun for Spanish Teachers explains the meaning of this celebration really well on her amazing blog. Be sure to follow her facebook page as she is constantly posting helpful resources for Spanish class.
You should also check out this video. It's a 3 minute animated video that explains the bittersweet feeling of Día de los Muertos in a really nice way.
Additionally, check out our friend Jenny's Day of the Dead facts in English and Spanish. She has a great blog, Spanish Playground. You can follow her facebook page. Carolina's and Jenny's facebook pages and blogs are where I go when I need some inspiration, so make sure you follow them!
We wanted to contribute, so I wrote a song explaining the basics of what people in Mexico do during this celebration. (Please note that Día de los Muertos is also celebrated in other countries in Central America and in Spain. They have somewhat different traditions. In some countries it is known as Día de Todos los Santos and it is celebrated on November first). Check out the song lyrics and drawings below.
We created a picture dictionary with fun coloring pages that we hope your students will enjoy coloring while singing the song.
Have fun celebrating in class!