Objective: Students will learn about the significance and customs of the Day of the Dead.

Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos is a series of commemorative days dedicated to those who have died. It is celebrated generally between Halloween, Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, and coincides with the Catholic holy days of All Saints (Nov. 1) and All Souls (Nov. 2).

Day of the Dead is actually divided into two distinct holidays, the first being Dide los Inocentes, which is dedicated to children on Nov. 1, and Dide los Muertos on Nov. 2, which is the actual Day of the Dead. Both days taken together are collectively referred to as the Day of the Dead, and celebrations can begin as early as Halloween (Oct. 31).

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“Very informative! I really enjoyed this course - learned a few facts that i didn't know.”

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    Day of the Dead

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    • Introduction
    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers
    • Day of the Dead - STUDY GUIDE
    • Day of the Dead - VIDEO
    • Day of the Dead - QUIZ

Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Marshall Connolly has spent his life in service to God and the Church as an educator and writer. He is a graduate of the California State University system and has earned bachelor's degrees in English and History, as well as a teaching credential. He has completed additional studies at Whitman College, and the University of San Diego. His interests include science and apologetics and he writes on both subjects for Catholic Online (catholic.org), the World's Catholic Library.

He serves as the first Director of Education for Catholic Online School.

Marshall Connolly

Director of Education

Marshall Connolly