Year 9 Spanish students compare All Hallows’ Day with the Day of the Dead.
Since ‘El Día de los Muertos’ is celebrated at the same time as All Hallows’ Day (or All Saints’ Day) Mrs Ferriera Thornton asked her Year 9s to compare and contrast the two – in Spanish naturally.
The Mexican festival is celebrated throughout Mexico and is a chance for friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. All Hallows' Day, meanwhile, is a Christian festival celebrated in honour of all the saints, known and unknown.
The students learnt more about the Mexican festival during the course of the lesson – in particular what families do to mark the occasion and how they decorate tombs with flowers and skulls. They embellished their own paper skulls and also summarised the most important elements of the event, explaining how it is not a sad time but more a celebration of the life of the peoples’ ancestors.