Dia de Los Muertos

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Dia de Los Muertos

-Dia de Los Muertos translates in English to Day of the Dead. -Day of the Dead is a holiday in Latin America, mainly Mexico. -The holiday was started to honor the dead, Latin Americans believe that the dead would be insluted by the mourning of their death, so they celebrate it. -The dead is celebrated by visiting the grave, leaving offerings such as skull shaped food, and lighting candles at the alter.

Same as Halloween?

Halloween is an Irish holiday that was started to appreciate the after life. Where as Dia de Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday started to celebrate the dead. On Halloween people carve pumpkins, decorate their houses with scary decorations, and go trick or treating. On Day of the Dead people visit cemeteries and take offerings. The symbol for Halloween is a pumpkin or a ghost, the symbol of Dia de Los Muertos is a skull.


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Dia de Los Muertos

Background Information


Oct 31 - Infants and Children (angelitos) lay to rest at an alter their parents have prepared. Nov. 1 - angelitos are gone and offerings are left for the adult souls. Nov. 2 -Masks are used to chase the stubborn souls back to the dead.


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