Tuesday, November 4, 2014

"Day of the Dead” comes to life for WHS Spanish Language students

Along with a foreign language, Washougal High School Spanish language teachers also provide their students with an understanding and appreciation for different cultures.

As a part of that, each year WHS students celebrate the Mexican holiday of El Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead. “The key is that it's a celebration of life: mostly of those who have gone before us,” explained Brian Eggleston, WHS Spanish Teacher.

Students first create sugar skulls by combining sugar, meringue powder, and water, and putting it into a mold.  The skulls harden and are decorated with bright colors in icing, paint, colored foil, and other decorative materials as used in Mexico.

“We have discussed how the holiday is celebrated in some different countries, including Guatemala and México, and students have the opportunity to reflect on how it compares with our own Halloween celebrations, and what the spirit of El Día de Muertos might mean to them,” Eggleston explained.  “I'm impressed each year to see them take their spirit of inquiry into these special projects.”