MHS Spanish teacher offers insight in to Spanish countries’ November celebrations

Brady Cicero, Business Editor

Halloween celebrations take on many forms in many different cultures around the world. Spanish countries, such as Spain and Mexico, celebrate the Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos. The Day of the Dead is celebrated in many countries, and even in some areas of the United States.

Sarah Dushane, one of the Spanish teachers at Monroe High School, says that the Day of the Dead is to honor loved ones that have passed away.  

“On the Day of the Dead, it’s believed that the border between the spirit world and the real world dissolves,” said Dushane. “During this brief period, the souls of the dead awaken and return to the living world to feast, drink, dance and play music with their loved ones. In turn, the living family members treat the deceased as honored guests in their celebrations, and leave the deceased’s favorite foods and other offerings at gravesites or on the ofrendas built in their homes.”

 The Day of the Dead is similar to the European holidays of All Saints Day and All Souls Day, but the Day of the Dead is a more joyful holiday meant for celebration rather than mourning. Many countries, mainly in Europe, celebrate All Saints Day and All Souls Day. All Saints Day is a Christian holiday that celebrates saints of the Catholic church. All Souls Day is also a Christian holiday meant to remember people who have passed away. 

Many countries’ Halloween celebrations do not include children trick-or-treating. In non-Spanish European countries, trick-or-treating is almost non-existent. In Mexico and other Spanish countries, however, trick-or-treating is a fairly common occurrence.

Dushane also said that many Spanish’ countries celebrations are quite similar to that of the United States. “The US celebrates with trick or treating and costumes. However, It is Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, that Latin countries celebrate more enthusiastically. This holiday occurs on Nov 1 and 2.” Dushane said.

Dushane loves both American Halloween and Spanish Halloween, and can’t really pick a favorite.

“I like the spookiness of halloween and trick or treating, but I can greatly respect Dia de los Muertos and honoring remembering passed loved ones.” Dushane said