November 1, 2017 – The Bakersfield City School District’s Migrant Education Program recently hosted the Third Annual “Día de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) Festivity. The event was part of the Fall Academy Cultural Celebration for BCSD migrant students and their families.
The festivity featured student musical performances, student art displays, a theatrical performance by Los Angeles based “Teatro Del Barrio,” and parent exhibits teaching the community about traditions associated with the celebration such as altars, sugar skulls and piñatas. Children were treated to a pumpkin patch and invited to participate in a costume contest parade complete with a trunk-or-treat activity.
The Day of the Dead is an ancient holiday celebrated throughout in many Latin American countries. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.
“One of the ways to commemorate our loved ones is by assembling altars, a vibrant memorial composed by colorful flowers, candles, portraits, food or whatever it was their favorite. It is not a sad day,” said Janie Flores, Regional Director, Migrant Education Region 21.
Congratulations to the event organizers on a successful event and a huge thank you to all attendees. For media coverage of the event, click here: https://youtu.be/uwB7b48OAKA.