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K-12 GEO takes "Cultural Celebrations" program to Ramirez Elementary

Second graders at Ramirez Charter School participated in Cultural Celebrations featuring India and Mexico. Students enjoyed learning the geography and rich cultural traditions for each country. Cultural craft activities included sugar skulls for the celebration of Dia de los Muertos and Rangoli for the celebration of Diwali.


In Mexico during Dia de los Muertos, it is traditional to make sugar skulls to represent a departed soul and place it on the home ofrenda or gravestone to honor the return of a particular spirit. Sugar skull art reflects the folk art style and is characterized by colorful icing and glittery adornments.


The well-known folk-art known as Rangoli is an Indian sand-painted design often seen during Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. Rangoli can be any size and can use a wide variety of materials. It can be an advanced art project for an experienced artist, or modified to become a fun and educational activity for children.