We ushered the fall season at Alisal USD with Halloween parades and -- of course -- Day of the Dead Festivals. Jesse G. Sanchez Elementary and Creekside elementaries held their own, with ofrendas and performances by their own students. At Sanchez there was arts and crafts, foklorico, Yosal, Mariachi Juvenil Alisal, and more songs.
Festivals give our children an opportunity to shine and feel special. It's heartwarming to see them smile so broadly and to see their families glow with pride and love.
Day of the Dead is a cultural event celebrated mostly in Mexico that honors the spirit of deceased family members. It's a day of remembrance and love, of food and traditions. In Mexico, families create ofrendas (altars) with photos and food and other objects that the deceased used in life. The movie Coco has inspired many more people to begin celebrating the holiday.