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HERITAGE: Art & Spanish & Teachers Plan "Day of the Dead" Reception Monday

The "Day of the Dead" is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world. East Nashville Magnet High School Art and Spanish teachers have been working on a PBL project about the Day of the Dead. They will be having a public reception in the East Nashville Magnet High School library on Monday, November 3 from 6-7 pm.

"Dia de los muertos (Day of the dead) is principally celebrated in Mexico, but also throughout Latin America.  The holiday is similar to our own Memorial day but takes on the cultural perspective of celebrating the lives of our deceased loved ones by remembering them with their favorite food, tokens and memorials," says Mary Kroeger, Department Chair of World Languages at East Nashville Magnet.

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"By reminiscing, it is almost as if they are still with us and will never be forgotten.  The holiday binds families together, allowing us to focus on the value of personal relationships and their impact or legacy on a greater community.  The holiday is religious in origin and coincides with the Catholic feast days of All Saints and All Souls days, celebrated on November 1 and 2.  The festivities may take place publicly in a cemetery or privately in a person’s home.  Personalized Calaveras (skeletons), marigold flowers, candles and favorite items are included in ornate shrines."

Students have been decorating the library with art work from the classes and will have an interactive wall of remembrance inviting guests to leave notes for those who have passed.

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Michelle Bennett is the Art Teacher at East Nashville Magnet. She has had several art projects that students have been working on as they grow closer to the event. Check out these orientate masks 10th and 11th grade students made in her drawing class!

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Chloe Phillips “It was a fun experience to learn to make the tissue flowers. I can make more at home to hang around my room," says 17 year old Senior Chloe Phillips.

“I’m looking forward to tasting the traditional ‘Day of the Dead Bread’!”

If you go...

"Day of the Dead" Reception Monday, November 3, 6-7pm East Nashville Magnet High School Library 110 Gallatin Ave, Nashville