Amite High School Spanish students of interim teacher Denesia Harrell celebrated traditional Latino festivities and cuisine from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

The monthlong celebration focused on one of the biggest Mexican cultural events, Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

The holiday, which is acknowledged around the world in other cultures, focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died and help support their spiritual journey, a news release said.

Former Amite Spanish teacher Krystal Hughes visited with the Spanish classes on Oct. 22, teaching the students the history of the holiday, vocabulary associated with the language related to it and discussed how the holiday is actually a celebration of life.

After the lesson, students participated in a celebration of Mexican food.