Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday when family and friends gather to remember loved ones who have died. It is considered a day of celebration rather than mourning.
For several years, students in our early childhood education program have taken a trip to La Estrella Bakery to celebrate and learn about this cultural tradition. Of course, this year the annual celebration went virtual, but that also meant the invitation could be extended to all college staff and faculty and their families. The group, which included 30children, watched Erica Franco make the traditional pan (bread) and enjoyed a reading of“The Day of the Dead: A Bilingual Celebration” by Bob Barner from Language, Reading &Culture graduate student Vanessa Rodriguez. They also decorated sugar skulls, which represent departed souls.