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Sixth Graders at Payne School Learn the History of Halloween and Diá de Los Muertos

by Michele Earle

El Monte

Room 29 at Payne School was adorned with pumpkins, sugar skulls, painted faces and candy as the sixth grade students learned about the history of Halloween and Diá de Los Muertos.

A tradition in teacher Maria Medina’s class, making the sugar skull molds and paper maché pumpkins are highly anticipated projects for the students.

In addition to the creative and artistic projects, students learned how Halloween evolved, as well as the history behind the Diá de Los Muertos celebration.   A tradition in Latin culture, Diá de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead celebrates the memories of loved ones who have passed on.   The students had their faces painted and made bags with decorative skulls on them and enjoyed Pan de Muerto, a traditional bread eaten on Diá de Los Muertos.

“We have an excellent parent volunteer who is creating some beautiful face painting designs,” said Medina.  “For Diá de Los Muertos faces are painted to look like the dead so they will mingle with us.  The sugar skulls are also a tradition and the students love making them,” she added.

“I love having my face painted,” said one of the students. “It looks so awesome.”

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