Last week students at St. Marys Catholic Middle School and Elk County Catholic High School celebrated the lives of family members who have passed by making Day of the Dead altars, mask, & sugar skulls in Mrs. Reinke’s Spanish 2, 3, & 4 classes and 7th grade Exploratory Spanish class.


The ancient indigenous people of Mexico have practiced rituals celebrating the lives of past ancestors for around 3,000 years. The celebration that is now known as Day of the Dead originally landed on the ninth month of the Aztec calendar and was observed for the entire month. In the 20th century, the month-long festivities were condensed to 3 days called The Days of the Dead: Halloween on October 31, Day of the Innocents on November 1, and Day of the Dead on November 2.