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Tany's Bakery and Coffee shop share Day of the Dead tradition to local school

COURTESY PHOTO: RUDY LOEZA - The people at Tany's Bakery visited Oregon Trail Academy to teach students about Dia de los Muertos and share some of the bakery's sweet treats. The folks at Tany's Bakery and Tany's Coffee Shop visited students at Boring's Oregon Trail Academy on Wednesday, Nov. 2, to teach about the Latin American holiday of Dia de los Muertos.

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead in English, is a multi-day Latin American holiday that involves family and friends gathering to pay respects and remember loved ones who have died.

Rudy Loeza, owner of Tany's Bakery and Tany's Coffee Shop said he was thrilled to be asked to come to the school and talk about the special holiday and the traditions surrounding it.

"I think it is really great that people want to learn about our culture," Loeza said. "So, when the Oregon Trail Academy asked me to talk about Dia de los Muertos, I took it as a great honor." COUERTESY PHOTO: RUDY LOEZA  - Students at Oregon Trail Academy were excited to learn about Dia de los Muertos during their assembly.

Loeza was able to talk to the entire school during an afternoon assembly about some of the traditions and history that go into the holiday. Although the holiday has received more of a spotlight in recent years thanks to movies like Disney's Coco, Loeza said that many people still think that Dia de los Muertos is the Mexican equivalent of Halloween.

On top of making sure students knew the true meaning behind the celebration is, Loeza was especially excited to bring and give out a pieces of pan de muerto, a Mexican sweet bread that is made specifically for the Dia de los Muertos. Tany's Bakery makes the dish every year for East County residents who celebrate the holiday.

The feedback from the students was well worth the visit for Loeza and company. "It was just great teaching them what Dia de los Muertos means to me and my family," Loeza said. "There is just something about teaching them about our culture and you could tell they were excited to learn. Hopefully they will want to celebrate with us next year."


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