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November 01, 2009, 08:54 PM
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I think this is slightly bizarre, although not necessarily inappropriate:

Visiting Mexican teacher celebrates Day of the Dead

By Abigail Curtis Bangor Daily News, October 31, 2009
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Leanna Cotton, 6, and her mom, Brenda Cotton, both of Thomaston, show off the sugar skulls they made to honor loved ones. "Mine is for my old dog Gretta," Leanna said. Buy Photo

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ROCKLAND, Maine — When Francisco Rosa was growing up in the Pacific state of Colima in Mexico, he and his family would pack a festive picnic lunch every year on Nov. 2 and head to a special place: the cemetery.

There, they would eat holiday treats such as sugar skulls and pan de los muertos — bread of the dead — as they celebrated the memory of loved ones who had passed away. [More]

The reason I say it`s not totally inappropriate is that the Penobscot School in Rockland Maine is not a public school, but a private institution which describes itself as a "A Center for Language Learning and International Cultural Exchange." As such, it is appropriate for it to engage in promoting weird foreign religious practices. However, if they try to introduce this kind of thing to your local public school, you can remind them that Day of the Dead is just the Mexican version of  the Feast Of All Saints, and as such should be treated just like...Winterfest.