Honoring ancestors is an ancient tradition still practiced all over the world.
Some do this as a way to cultivate family value and kinship. Others believe the deceased have a continual existence and ability to influence the physical world even after they are gone.
Fall is the most common time of year for these ancestor celebrations; the light is waning, plants are returning into the ground and lore says "the veil between the worlds is thin."
This Fall our community is celebrating with many ancestor feasts where we prepare food inspired by our family heritage, listen to ancient stories from their lands, and create art to honor the lives and myths of our ancestors culture.
We love to cook at the Children's Garden! For more details on all the learning benefits of cooking with children please see our previous blogs:
Cooking with Children
Top 10 Benefits of Cooking with Kids
Cherokee Three Sisters Stew and Corn Muffins
Mexican Chili with Quesadillas and Guacamole
We made sugar skulls from clay and painted them. In Mexican cultures sugar skulls signify a person who has died. The name of a deceased loved one is written on a skull and placed in an altar that is created by the family. The purpose is to honor their spirit during the Day of the Dead festivities.
These colorful smiling skulls help to acknowledge and celebrate that death is a part of life rather than the end of it.
Eastern European Borscht
Viking Gruel Cookies
German Chocolate Cake
British Baked Beans on Toast
Irish Potato Pancakes
Italian Minestrone with Pesto Pasta
Historic Field Trip
We visited the Zebulon Vance Historic Site to find out!
We were guided on a History Mystery tour as we passed around historic objects to try and guess what they were used for and visited dwellings from the early 19th century.