[Article published in Art Education, March 2000, 53-54.]
Host a Dia de Los Muertos, a Day of the Dead Procession and festival, in memory of victims of violence in your school and/or community. This annual rite historically features life in the embrace of death. The most important part is families coming together to honor their ancestors with ofrendas , private altar pieces, and public celebration. The procession is usually held on November 2, which is All Souls Day. The Day of the Dead is a mixture of Aztec and Christian influences in Mexican tradition. Create an altar in memory of the deceased that you wish to honor. Death is not an end in itself but part of a continuous cycle.