Dia de Los Muertos


Marisol Gonzalez, contributor

Dia de Los Muertos is also known as the Day of the dead. This holiday is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. Dia de Los Muertos honors the lives of people who have died. A lot of people believe that the souls of the dead come back to visit their loved ones during these days of the month.

 Dia de Los Muertos is popular in Mexico and it’s also celebrated in Latin American countries. A lot of people think that dia de Los Muertos is a sad or depressing time but the day of the dead is a time of happiness and celebration of life.

On the day of the dead a lot of families make an altar for their loved ones that have passed away. An altar is where they cover a table with the favorite food or anything that their loved ones enjoyed in their lifetime. The altar is decorated with candles, orange marigolds, and a framed photo of the person that has passed away.

People visit the graves of their loved ones. They clean and decorate the graves with offerings like the orange marigold or “flor de Muertos” (flower of the dead). The flowers are thought to attract the souls of the dead. There are so many things that people do on the day of the dead; for example, people play music, make masks in form of skulls, paint their faces with bright colors, and dress in costume for the holiday. 

Source: https://m.wikihow.com/Celebrate-Día-de-los-Muertos-(Day-of-the-Dead)

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