With only a week left before November, it's time to talk about Dia de los Muertos! This week's topic holds a special place in my hea...

Read and Rise Book Club - October 2020 Week 4

With only a week left before November, it's time to talk about Dia de los Muertos! This week's topic holds a special place in my heart - but we'll get into more detail about that later this week. For now, I just want to introduce everyone to the holiday. It is celebrated in Mexico and is NOT Mexican Halloween. It is a loving and joyous celebration that honors and remembers departed family members. It's believed that the passageway between our world and the spirit world is open on November 1st and 2nd so families make their loved ones' favorite meals and drinks and then feast, dance and sing! If you want to learn more, dayofthedead.holiday has a lot of great information. Now, on to our story.


Featured story: "El Dia de los Muertos" by Bob Barner


Activity: Papel picado are paper decorations often used to decorate ofrendas (altars) and hung in the streets during Dia de los Muertos. They are made in a similar way to paper snowflakes - you fold paper and then cut out little shapes. I have two tutorials to share with you today. The first is from Deep Space Sparkle and shows you step by step how to make your own papel picado. If you want specific templates, you can find a few here at Think.Make.Share


Once you've made some papel picado decorations, find a spot to hang them along with some photos of family members you would like to remember and celebrate <3

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