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Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Evelyn Perez, Rookie Reporter

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Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), is a tradition of Mexican origin where deceased ancestors and relatives are celebrated and honored.

Although it is a tradition of Mexican origin, it is celebrated in different parts of Latin America, in some Hispanic/Latin American communities, and even American communities in the United States. This festival was originally created by indigenous communities, (Mayan and Aztec) and was remodeled by the Spanish conquerors when they brought Catholicism.

It is usually celebrated in different ways depending on the country, community, or family. The most common tradition for this date is to compose altars. There are decorated with a photograph of the deceased and offerings such as candles, their favorite foods, flowers, calaveras de azucar (sugar skulls) and pan de muerto (a slightly sweet bread specifically made for this time). It is also common to go to cemeteries to bring flowers to their tombs, and spend time with family reminiscing good times in the past with the person who died.

The Day of the Dead is related to the calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls), which can be seen anywhere during this holiday, made of candy, in masks, drawings, as well as dolls. They are represented in a happy way.

Although death is related to sadness and sorrow, the Day of the Dead remembers all those deceased people in the most colorful way. With food, music, parties, and activities that the dead person enjoyed doing in life.

The Day of the Dead is not portrayed as scary, and it’s not the same as Halloween; it’s about remembering our loved ones who have left. The Day of the Dead, rather than making us think about death, induces us to become aware of how wonderful it is to be alive, as well as to feel grateful to have our loved ones alive.

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