This year’s celebration of Día de los Muertos at Pius was highlighted by the altar set up in the Library. The Spanish classes prepared for that feast day (celebrated throughout the entire Spanish speaking world) by laying wreaths of flowers, marigolds in particular, and other items that the souls identified with while here on earth.
It is the so-called Halloween of the Hispanic world and is celebrated with altars, skeletons, parades, and dolls representing the attitude of a culture who defies death.
Here at St. Pius X High School, the Spanish classes also prepare for this day. The different teachers create pan de los muertos, paper flower arrangements, papel picado and esqueletos and decorate an altar set up in the library.
Because All Souls Day was celebrated on a Monday, there was no Mass in the library, as in the past, but was celebrated in the gym for the entire school. Students and staff were encouraged to bring in pictures of their dearly departed and place them on the altar which Fr. Chike blessed in memory of those who have gone before us.
The altar is set up a week before this feast day so students brought in photos or any item representing relatives who have passed from this life into eternal glory and they were remembered on this feast day.