Students learn Mexican tradition
Holly Sonntag of The Blue Rock Restaurant in Shelburne Falls with an alter for Day of the Dead constructed by her husband Chris Ramirez and his son dedicated to relative John Ramirez. They had Student from the Four Rivers School at the restaurant for a traditional Day of the Dead meal.
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SHELBURNE FALLS — Students from the Four Rivers Charter Public School learned about Day of the Dead Mexican family traditions at a celebration Tuesday at the Blue Rock Restaurant in Shelburne Falls.
The students watched restaurant owner Chris Ramirez and his partner, Holly Sonntag create an altar in honor of John Ramirez, the late grandfather of Four Rivers student Ocean Ramirez.
Chris Ramirez, Ocean’s father, served the students a tradtional Mexican pozole soup, and explained the traditions behind the food and the items on the altar.
Pozole is a pre-Columbian soup or stew, which Ramirez made of hominy corn, chili and beef. Sonntag said it is a ceremonial dish, made only this time of year.
The Day of the Dead is a national holiday in Mexico devoted to honoring and remembering friends and family who have died.
Sonntag said the students were planning to create their altars back at school.