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Richard Ellis

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If you’ve heard of Dia de los Muertos but still don’t understand the meaning or what Dia de los Muertos is, don’t worry. Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican tradition celebrated throughout Mexico.  We have to come to notice that Dia de los Muertos is not Halloween, many confuse them or think they’re the same holiday. Dia de los Muertos is a day celebrated for those who have passed that we loved and miss. There are two parts towards this tradition. The first has to do with children, and the second has to do with adults. This begins on October 31st and ends November 2nd. This tradition takes part in 2 days.

The belief of those who celebrate it believe that their families come and reunite with them on these two special days. On November 1st All Saints Day (Child’s Day) is said to be that all innocent children come down and visit and celebrate with the family. On the last day November 2nd, All Souls Day (Adults Day) is when they believe that adults or elders will come and visit and spend this whole day with their family. You may ask why such a big celebration? Well, they like to prevent sadness and any type of insults.

They celebrate the life of the deceased with food, drinks, parties, and activities. They recognize that death is a natural part of the human life. On these days, the dead are being welcomed into the community. What symbolizes day of the dead? The answer is pretty much given: seeing skeletons and skulls all around. Marigolds are very important to them, they represent life.

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They honor the dead through food in 7 traditional ways.

Food

  1. Day of the Dead Bread- Sweet bread that represents the deceased
  2. Sugar Skulls- The symbol of life and death which is used to demonstrate military accomplishment.
  3. Tamales- Favorite food for the day of the dead
  4. Mole Negro
  5. Atole (hot chocolate)- Gives warmth and energy to the dead
  6. Candied Pumpkin
  7. Fruit

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