Day Of The Dead
For generations, the people of Mexico have honored the memory of their family and friends through Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, a celebration during the first few days of November which includes decorating sugar skulls (calaveras), creating an altar (ofrenda) of photos, mementos and favorite foods of the deceased, and time set aside for prayer. Helping support their spiritual journeys.
To honor Cicero students' predominantly Mexican culture with art, history and Cicero District 99 values, we host a celebration every year at Unity Junior High School for a history lesson, showcase of student artwork, and an opportunity of fellowship.
Alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures. The first alebrijes, along with the use of the term, originated with Pedro Linares. In the 1930s, Linares fell very ill and while he was in bed, unconscious, Linares dreamt of a strange place resembling a forest.
Cultural performances such as Traditional Aztec dancers and processions by Flor de Corazon have been popular entertainment at the event.
A "calavera" is a representation of a human skull. The tradition of sugar skulls is for families to decorate their loved ones' ofrendas with both large (represent adults) and small (represent children).
Gift Of Hope Press Conference
Oct. 29, 2019- Univision Chicago- Las catrinas, A Day of the Dead tradition that you can take part in Cicero
Oct. 10, 2019- Univision Chicago- Photos: Students and parents in Cicero schools paint their Catrinas