However, in order to preserve traditional Mexican culture, the teachers at school asked that the kids dressed up as catrinas on the last day of October. They´re the traditional, well-dressed skeletons created by José Guadalupe Posada and popularized by Diego Rivera. I support that honoring of culture. So we dressed as catrinas. But the kids were joined by plenty of witches, Draculas, zombies, and even a boy wizard.
|The parents were invited to a Day of the Dead Open House at school. We showed up early, during recess, and Joey was a bit frightened of all the other catrinas running around the school patio. He clearly didn´t get a good look at his own face!|
Each class displayed Day of the Dead artifacts: Clara´s decorated skeleton masks, Joey´s class collaborated to make a full-size altar, the students in another class brought in mini-altars, and the last class clothed little catrina paper dolls.
Halloween night, Joey was much happier to be Zorro from Dora, instead of his scary-catrin self from the day before.