Day of the Dead Classroom Resources

10606281_939415716086674_7459173795595833489_nDuring the Mexican holiday of Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, families pay respect to their departed loved ones, whose spirits are believed to return for this short time. Offerings of marigolds, candles, sugar skulls, fruit, and pan de muerto are placed on an alter around the deceased’s grave. Families may also put photographs and their loved one’s favorite food on the alter. The day is spent eating, drinking, and celebrating those who have passed. The Day of the Dead is held on November 1 and 2, but alters may be constructed and visited before or after, typically between October 28 and November 4.  

This altar was created by Spanish I and II students at Riverside High School in Durham, North Carolina.


More Day of the Dead resources can be found here!

See below for Day of the Dead Celebrations around the United States!


Día de los Muertos in Birmingham


Anchorage’s Dia de los Muertos


Day of the Dead in Tucson


Little Rock Zoo celebrates Día de los Muertos


Day of the Dead Comes Alive in New Haven


El Día de los Muertos Celebration in Pensacola


Kids’ Center to Celebrate Day of the Dead


Día de los Muertos Celebrated in New Orleans


Día de los Muertos at the University of Maine


University Student Groups Highlight Cultural Universality of Día de los Muertos

North Carolina:

Celebrarán el Día de Muertos en Raleigh

Highlights of Previous Duke University & UNC-CH Celebrations of Day of the Dead


Seattle Center Celebrates Mexico’s Day of the Dead

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