Radnor House Junior School celebrate 'El Día De Los Muertos'

22nd Nov 2018

Years 5 and 6 have been learning about the mainly Mexican tradition of 'The Day of the Dead' during their Spanish lessons, and as part of the enrichment seminars at lunchtimes. They celebrated this understanding with an after-school showing of the award-winning film 'Coco'.

El Día De Los Muertos, as the junior school have been discovering, is not the Latin American equivalent of Halloween (although it does take place at the same time). It is a joyful and life-affirming celebration, in which all relatives and the family as a whole are celebrated in a riot of colour, music and tradition.

Although it originated in Mexico, the festival is now celebrated all over Latin America, and has recently been awarded 'Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity' by UNESCO. Watching the film 'Coco' gave pupils a fun and engaging insight into some of the more common elements of this festival.

The Junior School entered into the spirit of this event wonderfully, with outstanding costumes and a fantastic level of enthusiasm and understanding - topped off with some delicious Mexican-inspired nachos and salsa.