Dia de los Muertos & Cheekwood, Fall 2009

Dia de los Muertos is the Latin American tradition celebrating the Catholic holiday of All Saints Day. Emily’s Spanish class entered the contest at the region-wide tapete contest. Tapete (pronounced “tap-et-ay”) is a traditional Mexican chalk art expressing a variety of traditional “Day of the Dead” themes. Since the Day of the Dead is not traditionally a sad or scary day, the scenes are usually very festive and bright. Emily drew the image for her team and they put it on pavement and … WON! Great job Emily!

The celebration was held at the very beautiful Cheekwood botanical gardens and, after Emily’s competition, we got to traipse around the property. The beautiful garden and grounds were also decorated with a large variety of scarecrows put out by all of the area schools and several civic groups as well.

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