Typically, Dia de los Muertos — or Day of the Dead — commemorates ancestors of famous people. But an altar built at Bowie High School is remembering someone close to home.
Pablo Ojeda, a student at Bowie, was killed nearly a month ago in a car crash in Juarez. His classmates created a special altar to remember him, drawing the biggest crowd at the school.
“It’s a very special space for some of our students because they were best friends…we built the altar with specific items that should be put on Dia de los Muertos [altars],” AP Spanish teacher Hilda Sotelo tells KTSM.
The altar features a path made out of marigolds — or Cempazuchitl in Spanish — to guide Ojeda’s spirit home.
It also included Whataburger, his favorite lunchtime spot, in place of the traditional Pan de Muerto, or “Bread of the Dead”.
See more photos below from Bowie’s Dia de los Muertos celebration:
Bowie H.S. Mexican American cultural celebration of Día de los Muertos. Remembering and honoring those that passed. An important experience for our students to learn about the beauty of their culture. Great job BEARS!!! #IamEPISD pic.twitter.com/rJ4MRaFeok— Francisco J. Ordaz (@FJORDAZ) November 2, 2018