Dia De Los Muertos

The Day of The Dead, also known as Dia De Los Muertos is a Mexican/Latin holiday celebrated near Halloween. Monday, Nov 1-Tuesday, Nov 2. Originated in Mexico and central latin America. Mexican heritage celebrates this holiday in some way whether the celebration is big or small, wherever you are. The day is not meant to be mourned over or saddened by but to be celebrated to honor the loved ones. Sugar skulls made from hardened sugar are a symbol of the day and are decorated and put around. It used to be a month-long celebration then shortened to around 2 days. Mexican families place Ofendas to honor their deceased relatives. Significance of worshipping the lady of the dead, the original idea of the celebration. “La Catrina was not Latin America’s first grand lady of the afterlife. This honor belongs to Mictēcacihuātl – the queen of the Aztec underworld of Chicunamictlan. Her role was to watch over the bones of the dead, and her presence was front-and-centre during any recognition of those who had passed on.” as written by Simon Ingram. The celebration starts by celebrating the children who have passed first to then end with eating, drinking, dancing, tears of joy and sadness. Colorful decorations and dresses are worn in the course of 3 days to share the love for the spirits. Some beliefs include: souls are still here, in more depth the souls of their loved ones are still with them watching and listening. Pan De Muerto Mexican culture bread is made and sold for a good treat. The bread is sweet and is made from flour and eggs. Tamales are made for a savory bread taste enjoyed by many. Soon millions of people will be honoring their loved ones in celebration.

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