Today I slipped into a Dia de los Muertos observance at my university. This observance is particularly associated with Mexican culture. Ofrendas are created remembering friends or family members who have died. The ofrenda includes photos as well as sugar skulls, food and beverages.
One ofrenda was quite traditional.
One created by university members honors those who have died/been killed because they were gay.
We were stunned when later that month one parent came to the PTA meeting to complain about teaching children about this Mexican holiday. This parent characterized this as "Satanic." We were all so stunned that our jaws literally dropped, the Amity Scholar was devastated to have something so meaningful to her characterized in this manner. Finally someone gathered a thought together to tell that parent that if she didn't want to have her child learn about cultures from other countries she had enrolled her child in the wrong school.