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Day Of The Dead

By: Maria Alejandra Echavarria

About Day Of The Dead

Is a holiday for remembering and honoring those who have passed. It is a festive , joyous time of celebration. Day of the dead is mexicos most important holiday, wich means they invest a lot of time and money into celebrating day of the dead more than any other holiday

When is day of the dead?

The Day of the Dead falls on November 1 and 2 of each year, coinciding with the Catholic holidays All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.

Although November 2nd is the official date for Day of the Dead, it is celebrated between October 31st and November 2nd. Usually the preparations (and some festivities) start even earlier than that. So really, the "Day" of the Dead can also be called the "Days" of the Dead, because the holiday spans more than one day.

How people celebrate day of dead?

The most common ways of celebrating Day of the Dead in Mexico include:

Setting up an altar with offerings Cleaning and decorating graves Holding all-night graveside vigils Telling stories about the deceased Making (or purchasing) and exchanging sugar skulls and other sweets

Day of the dead altars

Creating Day of the Dead altars is one of the most important Day of the Dead traditions. Day of the Dead altars are typically created inside people's homes to honor the spirits of their deceased loved ones. When day of the dead is embraced by the community, nonsecular altars are also created in schools, government offices, and other community spaces.

Decorating Gravesites

On the 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 called cempaschil, often lovingly arranged into huge arches. The arches and graves are adorned with photos, mementos and gifts, such as the dead person's favorite foods and drinks. These gifts, or offerings, are meant to attract the dead, helping them find their way back to their loved ones on earth. The burning candles and scent of copal incense also help guide the departed back to earth.

Sharing Stories About The Deceased

Part of honoring the dead is to tell stories about them, such as funny anecdotes or poems that poke fun at their quirks In Mexican culture, these stories form part of each family's oral tradition, as tales of family members are passed on from generation to generation. It keeps the family history alive.

Day of the dead icons

Skeletons are another prominent Day of the Dead icon. Day of the Dead skeletons can take many forms, but all of them are whimsical and joyful never scary or sad. Day of the dead skeletons are typically long, skinny and well-dressed, like the famous skeletons drawn by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada. Posada's skeletons are amongst the most famous Day of the Dead icons because they poke sarcastic fun at how death is the great equalizer - even the rich can't escape from death!

Catrinas, one of the most popular figures of the Day of the Dead celebrations at Mexico

What are sugar skulls?

Sugar skulls are by far the most popular symbol of Mexico's most famous holiday these sugary sweets are sold everywhere on the days and weeks leading up to Day of the Dead. Market stalls are lined with rows and rows of colorful skulls, created from sugar and decorated with multi-colored icing, shiny foil, sequins and glitter.


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