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Parents in the Mejorando el Futuro Program shared their memories of how they celebrated El Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead when they were growing up in Mexico. They drew pictures and took them home to share with their children. The pictures provided a way for parents to share and maintain their cultural traditions with their children who are growing up in the U.S.
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"This my home when I was very young. This is my place for remember the dead."
(At right): Alicia is at the cemetery to decorate the grave.
"I talked with my kids about the traditions in my country. They listened. It was interesting to them. They liked to hear about this."
In this picture the family is walking from the house (upper left) to the cemetery (lower right).
The woman at the table is selling bottles of water.
"This is a history of Day of the Dead in my family. We like to remember all the family that has passed away."
Michoacan, Mexico the people don't follow all the traditions, but my family
made flowers grow and put them on the graves. We cooked special food."
"In the picture we are going together to the cemetery to remember our dead. We eat, play, sing, talk about the dead, play guitars and pray."
"I'm proud of our traditions".
Juana is the little girl in the red dress carrying a candle. Her mother and father are placing candles on the table. Her brother is watching.
"I like the decorations - it's pretty. My mom made tortillas. My father bought some flowers for two days. The food at the table is big. My family is going to the cemetery to pray."
In PODER, parents and children worked together to create an altar in remembrance of loved ones. They also made posters to explain this tradition.