El dia de los muertos

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El dia de los muertos

The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico. The celebration takes place on November 1 and November 2. In most regions of Mexico November 1 is to honor children and infants, where as deceased adults are honored on November 2. People go to cemeteries to be with the souls of the dead and build altars containing the favorite foods and beverages of their loved ones and photos of the past.

~The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos or All Souls' Day) is a holiday~The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.~The celebration occurs on November 1st and November 2nd

Today, people don wooden skull masks called calacas and dance in honor of their deceased relatives. The wooden skulls also are placed on altars that are dedicated to the dead. Sugar skulls, made with the names of the dead person on the forehead, are eaten by a relative or friend. This may seem unusual to us but for the mexican heritage it is a tradition.

The Aztecs and other Meso-American civilizations kept skulls as trophies and displayed them during the ritual. The skulls were used to symbolize death and rebirth.The skulls were used to honor the dead, whom the Aztecs and other Meso-American civilizations believed came back to visit during the monthlong ritual.Unlike the Spaniards, who viewed death as the end of life, the natives viewed it as the continuation of life. Instead of fearing death, they embraced it. To them, life was a dream and only in death did they become truly awake.

El dia de los muertos

the continuation of life

el dia de los muertos (day of the dead)

wooden masks & calacas

remembering loved ones

By: Alexis Kinder

Muchos celebran El Dia de los muertos

El día de los muertos es importante


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