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Students Celebrate Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

Oct. 30, 2017

Contact: Alex Renteria, Manager of Media Relations,

Students and Educators Honor Deceased Loved Ones Through Mexican Cultural Tradition

Denver – On Tuesday, Oct. 31, elementary students at Escuela Valdez Elementary School will celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) – a Mexican holiday focused on remembering deceased family members and friends each year. This festive and social occasion was developed from ancient traditions of the Aztecs and welcomes the return of those who have died and recognizes the cycles of life and death.

Students in all grades at Valdez are celebrating the holiday by creating calaveras de azúcar (sugar skulls), altares de muertos (altars of the dead) and ofrendas (offerings). These offerings include favorite foods and beverages of the departed, as well as photos and memorabilia. Students will also participate in a schoolwide costume parade and then perform Día de los Muertos and Halloween musical numbers.

Interviews available in English and Spanish.

Dual-language school, Escuela Valdez will celebrate Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

Escuela Valdez students, educators and community members

Tuesday, Oct. 31
2-3 p.m.

Escuela Valdez Elementary School
2525 W. 29th Ave.