Centennial Park School staff Jessica Arechiga-Coronado and Antonio Subiria, and students Maria Vargas and Abisadi Aragon-Cruz set up a Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda, an altar honoring remembering lost loved ones in celebration of the Day of the Dead.
Dia de los Muertos, November 2, is a day set aside in many Latino and Hispanic cultures to remember those we have lost.
“The day is devoted to the departed, and an altar pays special tribute,” says Malena Gonzalez-Cid, the executive director of Centro Cultural Aztlan, a nonprofit that has organized San Antonio, Texas’s largest Día de los Muertos celebration for 32 years. Altars are also meant to welcome returning spirits, so they include both personalized and traditional elements — including several dating to the Aztecs — that will guide an honoree on his journey from the land of the dead.
In addition to the photos of loved ones, there are decorations, candles, marigold petals, fruit and pan de muertos, a bread made especially for the holiday.
They wanted to set up the ofrenda here at Centennial Park School to share a part of their tradition and invite others to be a part of it. The ofrenda currently hosts photos of Antonio’s grandmother as well as other notable figures like Cesar Chavez and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Staff and students are invited to add their own photos of their departed loved ones to participate in the experience.