SchoolArts Magazine

OCT 2010

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All Levels Commemorating the Ancestors Stevie Mack and Kathleen Williams T he festivals of Mexico are renowned for their colorful decorations, energetic music, exuberant parades, and cultural significance. Los Días de los Muertos, the Days of the Dead, is no exception. Often misunderstood by those who live elsewhere, this festival commemorating the dead is one of Mexico's most important holidays. As Americans prepare for Halloween at the end of October, the people of Mexico turn their attention to the traditions surrounding the Days of the Dead. A vibrant cultural synthesis, Los Días de los Muertos combines the Catholic traditions of All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day (November first and second,

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