dia de los muertos

dia de los muertos
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  • Did you know that Dia de los Muertos translates to Day of the Dead? 
  • Dia de los Muertos
  • This is a holiday that focuses on remembering friends and family who have passed away.
  • Dia de los Muertos
  • Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—is a holiday celebrated on November 1. Although marked throughout Latin America, Dia de los Muertos is most strongly associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated.
  • The multi-day holiday focuses on family gathering together to pray and help support those who have passed on their spiritual journey.
  • In Mexico, this day is a publicly celebrated holiday.  The celebrations developed from ancient traditions among pre-Columbian cultures. The festival used to be celebrated for the entire month of August but by the late 20th century this changed and became associated with Halloween.
  • In honor of Dia de los Muertos we will be decorating and having our own celebration.
  • Dia de los Muertos
  • Today the holiday is celebrated over 3 days.  On October 31, All Hallows Eve, the children make a children's alter to invite the spirits of the dead back for a visit.   On November 1st, All Saints Day, the adult spirits are invited to visit, and on November 2nd, All Souls Day, is when families will go to the cemetery to clean and decorate the graves of loved ones. 
  • In addition to celebrations, the dead are honored with ofrendas—small, personal altars honoring one person. Ofrendas often have flowers, candles, food, drinks, photos, and personal mementos of the person being remembered.  People gather at the cemetery to encourage visits by the souls, so the souls will hear the prayers and comments of the living.  
  • The most familiar symbol of Dia de los Muertos may be the calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls), which appear everywhere during the holiday: in candied sweets, as parade masks, as dolls. Calacas and calaveras are almost always portrayed as enjoying life, often in fancy clothes and entertaining situations.
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