Please join us for our annual Dia De Los Muertos celebration on November 8, 2017, from 5pm to 8pm
Wed, Nov 8 2:00pm-9:00pm
Clairemont High School 4150 Ute Dr San Diego, CA 92117 (Parking will be provided in the student lot on Ute Drive)
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 Dia De Los Muertos is one of Mexico’s traditional holidays reuniting and honoring beloved ancestors, family and friends. It is an ancient and enduring ritual when the living commune with the dead – a mystical night when the veil is lifted between their two realms and they may share a day together. The historical roots of this celebration date back to the pre-Hispanic cultures of Meso-America of the indigenous people.  When the Spaniards conquered the country, this indigenous custom was rooted so deeply that, after five centuries of colonization, it has continued to survive and remain as celebrated as in its first days. Dia De Los Muertos expresses this perspective: it is not a mournful commemoration but a happy and colorful celebration where Death takes a lively, friendly expression and is not frightening or strange. There is no place for sorrow or weeping for this could be interpreted as a discourteous to the dead relatives who are visiting gladly. Indigenous people believed that souls did not die, that they continued living in Mictlán (Place of Death) a special place for them to finally rest. On Dia De Los Muertos, tradition holds that the dead return to earth to visit their living relatives. It is believed that although these relatives can’t see them, they can surely feel them. This night is an important feast and evocation. It is a time when family members share memorable stories that evoke the lives of their ancestors . Offerings and altars are created to welcome and commemorate the dead. Marigolds and incense are offered in abundance because it is believed their aromatic scents guide the dead to the place where the feast is being held. . A profusion of candles dispels the darkness just as the souls are being illuminated from the shadows of death. Altars are created with photos, mementos, fruit, bread, and other favorite things of the ancestors being welcomed and honored. The artifacts of these altars also provide the opportunity to teach children about those who came before them. Dia De Los Muertos is a time of celebration on remembrance. 

 Entrance: Main Gate in front of office 

Parking: Student Parking Lot  (On Ute Drive)  

Cost: $6 at the door for children (includes all crafts, face painting and accessory).  Adults are Free.

Schedule:

5:00 p.m.: Gates Open and Food Vendors begin Serving Food & Drinks- Taquizas Los Chuchy’s (Also, serving hamburgers/hot dogs), Don Cesar’s Churros, Mariposa Ice cream (takes debit cards) 

*Please bring enough cash to enjoy these goodies 

5:00–7:30 p.m.: Crafts, face painting, 7th grade art display/voting and Altar Displays will be open all evening *Face painting is very popular so please come early to avoid the line

Entertanment 

  • 5:00–6:00 p.m.: Mariachi Estrella de Chula Vista
  • 6:00-6:20 p.m.: Longfellow Ballet Folklorico
  • 6:20-7:00 p.m: Calpulli Mexica-Danza Azteca
  • 7:00-8:00 p.m.: "San Diego Puppetry" with "Drums without Borders" parade

Tour our Longfellow Altars and enjoy your child's  classroom creativity honoring their loved ones who have passed away.  As a reminder,  the offerings and decorations placed on the Altars are for THEM to enjoy, so please do not touch or remove items.  You are welcome to take your child's art work home towards the end of the evening with the permission of your child's teacher or room parent. Thank you

 


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Wed, Nov 8 5:00pm-8:00pm

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DDLM is all about the Altars and it would be great if all grades were to participate. You can have one altar per grade or have one per classroom, that will depend on the room parents and the teachers. You can display pictures of loved ones, pets or lost stuff animals (even celebrities) Please don't worry if you don't know how to set one up, I will send more information to your room parent regarding items needed and what these offerings mean. Your room parents will start a donation signup list to help you get the items you need for your altar. Thank you so much and please feel free to message me with any questions. Karina
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