BALDWIN PARK – Baldwin Park High School celebrated Día de los Muertos with community members, music, traditional dancing, food and a display of 20 altars crafted along social justice themes by students in the school’s Dual Language program.
Altars at the school’s sixth annual celebration on Oct. 28 addressed such issues as immigration, domestic violence, discrimination and breast cancer, using traditional objects such as skulls, flowers and items that honored loved ones. The high school orchestra played traditional music selections in the courtyard, community members performed ballet folklorico and students danced.
This year, organizers added a mural crafted from paper skulls by students in Baldwin Park Unified’s elementary level Dual Language program. The event included face painting, a piñata, child care and games for the younger children.
111616_BPUSD_BPHSDIA_1: Baldwin Park High School’s orchestra plays traditional Mexican music as parents gather to listen at the school’s Dia de los Muertos celebration on Oct. 28.
111616_BPUSD¬_BPHSDIA_2: Students in the Baldwin Park Unified Dual Language Program created an altar dedicated to breast cancer awareness for Baldwin Park High School’s community Dia de los Muertos celebration on Oct. 28.
111616_BPUSD_BPHSDIA_3: Students and community members perform ballet folklorico dances at Baldwin Park High School’s community Dia de los Muertos celebration on Oct. 28.
111616_BPUSD_BPHSDIA_4: A young girl’s face is painted to resemble a skull to emphasize the meaning of Día de los Muertos at Baldwin Park High School’s community celebration on Oct. 28.
111616_BPUSD_BPHSDIA_5: Students pose beside an altar they created remembering the deceased for Baldwin Park High School’s community Dia de los Muertos celebration on Oct. 28.