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:
pictures; the family member
things that represent their family member
skulls; the Day of the Dead
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?
Altars to honor the dead
The things that go on the altar
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