Not Halloween: An Introduction to Dia de los Muertos

by Teresa Narey

Introduction and Background:

In the U.S., the end of October is traditionally marked by the celebration of Halloween. In greater America, however, another holiday emphasizing fun, food, and costumes calls attention to the passing of time. Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is celebrated in Mexico and throughout Latin America on November 1 and 2, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, respectively (click here for help pronouncing Spanish words). On the surface, Dia de los Muertos and Halloween appear to have much in common, but a closer look at customs tells us otherwise.

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Honoring Veterans Day

by Kelley Jilek

Veterans Day falls on November 11 each year, honoring veterans of all wars in which the United States has fought, as well as those who are currently serving in our military. It was originally established to honor Americans who had served in World War I, on November 11 which is the day that war ended in 1918. Here are a few suggested ideas to observe this day in your setting and help children understand the importance of honoring our Veterans.

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