Q&A: Mrs. Rosemary Kennedy, World Language


Mrs. Rosemary Kennedy, Foreign Language, celebrates Day of the Dead with her loved ones. She has dressed up every year to show her passion around this time of the year.

Jade Mehok

Q: What is day of the dead?

A: Day of the Dead is a time in Mexican Culture in which we invite those in our family who has passed to the afterlife and invite them to come back spiritually for the night.


Q: What does it mean to you?

A: My family and I take a moment to take a break from all the chaotic daily life things and we stop and reflect on our time that we spent with our family members that have passed and remember all the fun things that we’ve learned from them.


Q: How do you and your family celebrate?

A: The one person that we were the closest to that passed away was my father-in-law. He passed away about 10 years ago, and since then we would just go to the cemetery. Then we would try to wear green or Notre Dame paraphernalia, and then we would go to an Irish dinner, because he’s very Irish. Since then we had another family member pass, my brother-in-law, who is very Italian. So we will have to incorporate him this year too.


Q: When is Day of the Dead?

A: Dia de los Muertos is celebrated Nov. 1 and 2 in Mexico, preparation day is Oct. 31.


Q: Have you ever celebrated it in Mexico?

A: I have not.


Q: Would you want to celebrate in Mexico?

A: Probably if I still had close family members down there because it does look quite interesting. My mothers family comes from Argentina and Argentina does not celebrate day of the dead. I would love to experience it in Mexico though.


Q: Is there anything interesting about day of the dead that most people don’t know?

A: Sometimes it gets confused with Halloween, where I believe in the United States that it’s celebrating the harvest of fall things that are dying. People always get them confused since they are so close together. Also, people often think that day of the dead is making fun of death but it’s not, it’s just bringing the afterlife together with the life on earth for a night of celebration.

Q: Do you know any history of how celebrating the dead started?

A: It started way back before the Spanders came in and conquered Mexico. The ancient Aztecs, [an] indigenous tribe that lived in Mexico, believed in many Gods and believed in the legend of one of the Gods sign that said there is life after death. The legend says that the next day when they woke up there were marigolds in the field.