MARYSVILLE – Death is often associated in the U.S. with the color black.
But not at the Day of the Dead event at Quil Ceda Elementary School last Friday – it was a bright and colorful affair.
In Mexico, the annual event Nov. 1 not only honors those who have died, but it also celebrates their heritage, Principal Joan Robertson-Landi said.
First-grade teacher Xochitl Palacios again organized the event, along with Pricilla Smith and others with the PTA. Student Adrian Rodriguez looked like he had two black eyes, but so did many of the other boys and girls, 14 of whom performed the Mexican Hat Dance and a song from the animated movie “Coco.” They painted their faces to look like skeletons with the belief that the living and the dead intermingle. The boys wore serapes and cowboy hats, while the girls wore colorful dresses.
Those in attendance at the evening event enjoyed traditional Mexican drinks and food, including breads and cookies, chips and enchiladas.