On Wednesday, November 1, the Viewpoint community came together to celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a day where the deceased are honored by family and their loved ones. The day is widely celebrated in Mexico, with several other Central and South American countries joining in its celebration.
Viewpoint's Latin American Student Association (LASA) initiated the celebration by extending an invitation to Upper School students, faculty, and staff to take part in the Ofrenda held at the US Plaza. In Spanish, "Ofrenda" translates to "offering," and these offerings usually consist of the deceased's favorite foods, candles, flowers, and photographs, all placed on a home altar. The Viewpoint community contributed various items, images, and heartfelt notes to enhance the Ofrenda table in a tribute to those who have passed.
"As I was growing up, I didn't fully comprehend the true significance of this holiday. However, it has since become deeply meaningful to me,” said Eileen Portillo ’24. “I used to share my home with both of my grandparents, and, sadly, they have both passed away. Today, their photographs are displayed on the Ofrenda as a way to honor their memory.”
“For me, Día de los Muertos is a time that helps us not forget all of those who have gone before us,” said Manny Garcia, Upper School Diversity Coordinator. “It is such an amazing part of my heritage that allows a space and time to honor, celebrate and remember past loved ones.”
Middle and Lower School students also embraced the celebration. Inside the Fletcher Family Library, Middle School students participated in a Takis tasting tournament and immersed themselves in coloring activities. Students also had the chance to contribute to their own Ofrenda by writing the names of deceased loved ones on sticky notes and pinning them to the wall. Meanwhile, Lower School students had their own dedicated Ofrenda, complete with calavera masks and a range of creative coloring options.
Día de los Muertos will continue through Thursday, November 2. More information about the holiday and its rich history can be found here.