dia de los muertos
How has your understanding of Mexican culture grown over the course of this project?
Before this project, Dia De Los Muertos never crossed my mind, I had heard of it, but never had much reason or interest in learning it. However, I have always loved learning about the cultures of the languages I am learning, and I also find it very necessary that to know a language well you should learn it's culture. So, when I was aware of what our exhibition would be about, I was excited. My Spanish 1 Class first learned the misconceptions many people have of Dia De Los Muertos, that it isn't a Spanish version of Halloween and it is not meant to be frightening or morbid, it is meant to make light of death and that passing away is joyful. Throughout our classes we prepared for the exhibition by learning about Dia De Los Muertos with stories and research. Each student was in a group of three, and that group chose something that was used to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos, such as cookies, sugar skulls, calaveras, or calacas. My group chose Calacas, and we learned what they portrayed and the feeling they gave off when placed on Dia De Los Muertos altars.
Overall, I feel this project was beneficial in the way that learning the culture of the language you are learning is important. My knowledge of Dia De Los Muertos is proficient because of this project.