Day of the Dead

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Day of the Dead

Many families will congregate in graveyards to clean the graves of their loved ones who have passed. They decorate the graves with Mexican marigolds. The arches and graves are adorned with photos, mementos and gifts, such as the dead person's favorite foods and drinks. The arches and graves are adorned with photos, mementos and gifts, such as the dead person's favorite foods and drinks.Part of honoring the dead is to tell stories about them, such as funny anecdotes or poems that poke fun at their quirks (known as calaveras). It is believed that the dead do not want to be thought of in a sad or somber manner - they want to be remembered and celebrated, since they are still alive just in another form.

Common Day of the Dead traditions include creating altars to honor the dead, laying out offerings, sharing stories of the deceased, as well as cleaning and decorating gravesites. Because Day of the Dead is a very festive, creative holiday, current Day of the Dead customs also include festivals, parades, and the making of Dia de los Muertos crafts.

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Make contact with the spirits of the dead

The key purpose behind these Day of the Dead customs is to make contact with the spirits of the dead, to let them know that they are not forgotten and that their loved ones on earth still care about them. It is a way of keeping the connection between loved ones alive, though they may be physically separated by death.Day of the Dead traditions can vary from town to town, with each community embracing their own unique blend of rituals, customs, and celebrations.

Day of the Dead altars are typically created inside people's homes to honor the spirits of their deceased loved ones. When Dia de los Muertos is embraced by the community, non-secular altars are also created in schools, government offices, and other community spaces.Day of the Dead altars are set up on the two days leading up to Dia de los Muertos. Altars contain "offerings" for the dead, known as ofrenda. These include items such as: candles, fresh flowers or flowers petals (usually marigolds) photographs of the deceased, along with other memorabilia, the favorite foods and drinks of the deceased (lovingly-prepared), incense, water, sugar skulls, pan de muerto (bread of the dead), statues of saints, other items..

Here are the most common and important Day of the Dead traditions:-Creating an altar with offerings (known as ofrenda)-Visiting, cleaning, and decorating gravesites-Telling stories about the deceased-Making food for the deceased, to be placed on altars-Making or buying sugar skulls and pan de muerto


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