(Peter Woodbrook Photos) Dia de Los Muertos ofrendas at (left to right) Chautauqua Elementary School, McMurray Middle School and Vashon High School.

(Peter Woodbrook Photos) Dia de Los Muertos ofrendas at (left to right) Chautauqua Elementary School, McMurray Middle School and Vashon High School.

Scene and Heard: Schools mark Dia de los Muertos

Vashon schools celebrated Dia de los Muertos by building ofrendas for the holiday.

Vashon Island School District marked the Nov. 1 celebration of Dia de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday that celebrates the souls of the departed, with ofrendas — displays containing offerings and mementos — that were adorned by staff and students of the schools.

As with ofrendas everywhere, the ones at the schools contained pictures of loved ones, tasty treats, flowers and sugar skulls. Latinx parent volunteers helped build each of the school’s ofrendas, working with Nidia Sahugun, who is the district’s community engagement coordinator.

The two-day celebration of Dia de los Muertos, known in English as the Day of the Dead, takes place in towns and cities throughout Mexico and the United States and is marked by parades, parties, singing and dancing and other expressions of reverent revelry.


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