dia de los muertos

Paola Marizan / WNIN

At Montessori Academy, elementary students talk about the deaths of their loved ones through the ancient celebration of the Day of the Dead. 

Learning to cope with death by celebrating Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, these students share stories about their losses. This tradition started when the Spanish conquered the Aztecs and it celebrates November first and second as the day the souls of the deceased returned to be with their living loved ones. 

Holy Name of Jesus Parish in downtown Henderson is celebrating Dia de los Muertos with an altar and special mass,  and the traditional Mexican celebration seems to be growing more commonplace, outside the church.

Members of the congregation started assembling an altar in the chapel four years ago. Director of Latino Ministry Abraham Brown says they missed having this tradition around, and they wanted to share the tradition with the wider community.