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Day of the Dead

An introduction for elementary students.
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Ashley McKee

on 12 September 2013

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Transcript of Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead
What is it?
Spanish conquistadors who colonized Mexico discovered the indigenous people practiced rituals for the dead (over 3000 years ago!)
Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday from Nov 1-Nov 2.

Though it is around Halloween, it is a happy time of love and celebration, not of fright and tricks, when death is embraced and not feared.

Families gather to celebrate, honor and remember loved ones who have passed.
Families decorate the graves of loved ones.
It is believed that during this time of celebration loved ones who have passed come back to visit.
Families build alters in their homes and decorate them with ofendas- offerings to honor and remember the dead, such as pictures of the dead, marigold flowers, favorite foods of the dead, and sugar skulls.
Ofendas
Cempasuchil
Yellow and orange marigolds attract spirits to the alters.
Calacas
Calacas are whimsical skeleton figures that are used in decoration for Day of the Dead that represent death.
Calaveritas de Azúcar
Sugar skulls are used to decorate alters.
Pan de Muerto
Bread of the dead is placed on the alter with other favorite foods of the dead.
Papel Picado
This Mexican folk art is elaborately cut paper used as decoration for holidays.
Catrinas
They are female skeleton dolls that are very well dressed, first created by Jose Guadalupe at the turn of the century.
Diego Rivera,
Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park
How did it begin?
How is it celebrated?
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