The Day Of The Dead
What is the day of the dead
- A Festival celebrated on November 1-2 to remember and celebrate the life of loved ones that have died. Also they believe the spirits are back visiting on these dates. November 1st is called “Day of the innocents” and this is the day they remember children that have died. November 2nd is called “All Souls Day” where they celebrate adults who have passed. European , Latin americans and mostly Mexicans Celebrate this holiday. In Spanish this holiday is called dia de los muertos.
How did this holiday begin?
This Holiday was a ritual that had been practiced for at least 3,000 years before it started to be a holiday. All Souls Day and All Saints Day are holidays that honor the faithfully departed. When the spanish people conquered the Aztecs which makes the traditions come Together the Aztec traditions of honoring the dead was combined with the Spanish traditions of honoring the dead to create the holiday known today as Día de Los Muertos.
What Objects do they use?
Most of the common object is a mask of a colored and decorated skeleton. Most people wear them during these days of the holiday. Other objects include: Candy Skulls, and some food like Day of the dead Bread, lots of candy , even cooked squash seasoned with cinnamon and brown sugar.
What goes on the Altar? Why?
An Altar is an honoring of those who have passed. They have tables that has candles and tissue paper decorations. And salt and water to cleanse the souls. They would have food and put small toys for the children that died. And they would dress skeletons and place them around and put beautiful flowers around also. Creating altars are one of the most traditional things during this event. The things that go on the altar are Offerings that they believe the dead will enjoy when they come back to earth. They usually put items that they had enjoyed while they were alive. It is true that people spend a lot of money on the day of the dead to buy things to put on the altars.
Order of Events.
- On October 31st they go to the graveyard and clean up the graves and leave new flowers on the graves. They prepare for the 1st and 2nd (make decorations, cook food, create the altar, etc.). On the first and second they have parades, parties, eat food, spend time with family, etc. Sometimes people called Mummers would put masks on and chase the dead back to the land of the dead.
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