Day of the Dead

What is the Day of the Dead?

It is a Mexican celebration where Mexican people remember their loved ones that died. This tradition started a long time ago. They think that once you have died you are in heaven forever, so this a good thing.

What are the days?

The days that the Day of the Dead is celebrated on is October 31st - November 2nd. October 31st is “All Hallows Eve,” and November 1 is “el Dia de los inocentes” or the day of the children and All Saints Day. On the 31st the family goes to the graveyard. The family cleans up the grave, leave flowers, food. etc. On November 1st families pay special attention to remembering children they have lost. On November 2nd they remember the adults. They have parades, they make and sell decorations, candy skulls, etc.

What goes on the altar and why?

An altar is something you make to represent someone’s life. The items below go on an altar:

flowers; Earth

pictures; the family member

things that represent their family member

skulls; the Day of the Dead

candles; fire

crosses; heaven

All the elements--water, fire, wind/air, Earth

Skulls represent the Day of the Dead so most altars will have a skull on it. The things the families put on the altar are items that the spirits will enjoy when they come back to Earth to visit their living families and friends

How did this holiday begin?

It started 3000 years ago.They natives to Mexico wanted to embrace death.

What are some common objects used during this holiday?

Candy Skulls

colored skulls

Altars to honor the dead

The things that go on the altar

Sources

"Day of the Dead History: Ritual Dating Back 3000 Years." Azcentral. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2015

McArdle, Thaneeya. "Day of the Dead Altars: Tradition, Images, and History of Dia De Los Muertos Altar." Day of the Dead Altars: Tradition, Images, and History of Dia De Los Muertos Altar. Thaneeya LLC., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2015.

Herz, May. "November 2nd - the Day of the Dead, All Soul’s Day." The Day of the Dead. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2015.

Mader, Ron. "PLANETA." Celebrating Day of the Dead in Mexico. Link Guidelines, n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2015.

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it is full of amazing pictures and facts

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Maybe more facts. But it was good though!

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This is pretty awesome. Good details and pictures, albeit a tad creepy XD. Fact: I don't blame you for not knowing this, as this article is celebrated in Mexico, but it is actually an Aztec Holiday 😱 😑

2 years ago
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Awesome job, and tons of great facts.

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Who/What made up this tradition?

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on day of the dead almost every house has an "altar" with flowers, decorations, and treats.