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Fun Facts about the Day of the Dead & How to Make a Banner Decoration

  • The Day of the Dead is celebrated November 1st and November 2nd.
  • The Day of the Dead is a celebration and remembrance of family and friends that have died. Contrary to popular belief, it is not like Halloween at all.
  • The Day of the Dead originated in Mexico and is now celebrated in other countries around the world.
  • The Day of the Dead is a happy celebration.
  • Decorating for The Day of the Dead includes building altars in your home to remember family and friends. You can use candles, photos, flowers, paper decorations, sugar skulls and even food and water.
  • Day of the Dead banners are fun and personal projects for older students. Ideal as an activity in art class or Spanish class to give students insight into another culture.
  • The paper decorations are called papel picado. They are colorful, lacy flag banners made of paper. If you want to try making your own, you can cut them out like you would paper snowflakes.
  • Some sugar skulls are actually made of sugar. Some are ceramic. All types of these decorated skulls are called calaveras. Draw and cut out your own sugar skull using our Magic Rainbow Scratch Paper. Make a banner and hang pictures of your family and friends that have passed away. You can add papel picado to your banner, too.
  • Family and friends decorate graves and headstones for The Day of the Dead, similar to what the United States does for Memorial Day in the spring.
  • The Day of the Dead is a time to tell stories and share memories of the people who have died. You can even add memories and photos to your banner.