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Celebrating Dia de los Muertos

The Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a time to mourn the loss of those who have passed and to joyously celebrate and remember their lives. Family and community members often gather in a festive atmosphere at cemeteries where they await the return of souls, and share stories and objects that remind them of their loved ones.The holiday draws on both Indigenous and Spanish Catholic beliefs and traditions. Listen to learn more about a unique, centuries-old celebration and how it can help people cope during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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