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Dia De Los Muertos

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Elinore Hendrickson

on 14 November 2016

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Transcript of Dia De Los Muertos

What It Means Today
Today, Dia de Muertos is
celebrated by most people in Mexico and some people in the US. A lot of people use this day as an excuse to party, but most still use it to honor and remember the dead.
It has kind of merged with the catholic holidays All Saints Day and All Souls Day.
Important Elements
One of the most important elements of Dia de Muertos is the Altar.
Important Elements Continued
Pan de Muerto is a type of bread also know as "Bread oe Dead", is a very important recipes for celebrating Dia de Los Muertos. It's made to look like a pile of bones and is brought along by families visiting the graves of their loved ones.

Cempazuchis are these yellow orange flowers which symbolize death.

Futas Frescas are the fruits that are in season.

Foto de Difunto is a framed photo of the dead person to whom the altar is dedicated.
Altar Items
Incense - Most commonly, copal incense, which is the dried aromatic resin from a tree native to Mexico. The tree was also called arbol de la noche or tree of the night. The scent is also said to guide the spirits back to their altars. It is also said that it scares away evil spirits.
Altar Items
Caña - These are used to make the arch over the ofrenda which represents the archway to heaven.

Cazuelas y Ollas de barro- day to day items that were used.
Dia de Muertos is a holiday that's
been celebrated for over 3,000 in Mexico. It was first celebrated by the Aztecs, but the Spaniards tried to stamp it out when they first invaded.They found it creepy and disrespectful. When they tried to make all the native mexicans be Christians, they also tried to stop them from celebrating Dia de Muertos.
Obviously they weren't able to get rid
of the holiday. But they did manage to get Dia de Muertos to kind of merge with Christian holidays All Soul Days and All Saints Day.
Dia De Muertos
Works Cited


A few elements that categorizes this category would be...
Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead)
Cempazuchis (Marigolds)
Frutas Fresca (Fresh Fruits)
Foto del Difunto (Photo of the Deceased)
Incense Burner - Used to put the incense into.
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