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Teach about Day of the Dead ~ Enseñar a Día de los Muertos

boy carrying cempachushil Cascade of decorated Mexican sugar skulls from Puebla Sugar Skull seller

About Día de Los Muertos

Traditional decorated Mexican sugar skulls from Metepec, Mexico
Day of the Dead ofrenda (altar), Patzauaro, Mexico

Ofrenda Checklist & Day of the Dead Information Sheet

Ofrendas (altars) are built inside the homes of the believers of Day of the Dead in Central and Southern Mexico. While there are regional differences in styles of the ofrendas due to income or custom, there are many altar mainstays to greet the weary spirits when they arrive. The children return on November first and the adults join their families on November 2.

Children's ofrendas are customized and decorated with delightful foods, candies and toys in miniature... miniature tamales, chocolates, tiny breads etc. Adult ofrendas feature the traditional candles, fruit, tamales, mole, mezcal, cempasuchil as well as photos, fashion magazines, cigars or folk art skeletons... and every ofrenda has pan de muerto and sugar skulls!

This impressive ofrenda in Michoacan uses aromatic marigolds, colored corn, and very unusually shaped pan de muerto breads, that represent female spirits of the dead.

We offer free, down-loadable information sheets on Day of the Dead and how to make a home altar (ofrenda). Feel free to print them and distribute them in your school. Day of the Dead is frequently misunderstood and we'd like to educate anyone about what a meaningful and beautiful holiday this is.

  • Day of the Dead information sheet PDF

  • How to Make an Ofrenda information sheet PDF

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Everything you need for group sugar skull making and decorating - except sugar!

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young girl decorating a sugar skull rows of blank sugar skull girl holding sugar skull blank

You might be interested in paper Day of the Dead decorations for your classroom.

Colorful poster with 4 sugars skulls on an ofrenda withcandles, bread, food & flowers.


Food Network video about sugar skulls and Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead DVD cover

Day of the Dead DVD

Back in stock! Join the Ortega family in the marketplace as they buy candles, copal, fruits, cempasuchil (wild marigolds) and decorations for their home ofrenda. Visit their home as they build their altar and explain their family's Día de los Muertos traditions. Experience them decorating the family graves and enjoy their night-long candlelight vigil in the cemetery.

This video was created for classroom use and is suitable for all ages. Language: English, with keywords in Spanish. Running time: 32 minutes.
B4007 $34.99


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