Día de los Muertos is a celebration that comes from the blend of the pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican cultures and the Spanish Catholics. The indigenous cultures of Mexico believed that the souls of the departed returned to visit during this time of year. To this day, families gather to remember those who have gone, with stories, singing, dancing, and sharing a feast composed of their remembered loved ones’ favorite foods. The customs for Día de los Muertos are as diverse as a simple offering of flowers at the tombs of the loved ones to creating beautiful and artistic altars to honor family members who have crossed over. Each year, SLCS grades students create an altar in a common gathering space. Everyone is invited to bring photographs of loved ones and pets who have passed on, as well as flowers, candles, and any special mementos that hold their memory. Students are then given opportunities to share stories with their classmates.