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Dia de los Muertos

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Kari Dennett

on 13 February 2015

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Transcript of Dia de los Muertos

What is Dia de los Muertos?
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a two day festival that takes place on November 1st and 2nd. It was originally a month long event, but the Spanish conquistadors entwined it with All Saints Day and All Souls Day. This holiday is all about celebrating the dead, because they did not see death as a bad thing.
During festivals, participants wear shells or noisemakers to wake the dead and keep them close during the festivities. The most familiar symbols for this day are calacas and calavers
(Skeletons and skulls).
Dia de los Inocentes
Dia de los Muertos
November 2nd is known as All Souls Day and Dia de los Muertos. On this day, you are mostly honoring adults who have died. Their graves are decorated with candles and also bright orange marigolds (Zempasuchi). Corpal is burned at the graves.
Destinations for souls
Chichihuacuahco
is the destination for the souls of children; the "wet-Nurse tree."
Tlalocan
is the destination for the souls of those who died during/due to an earthquake or drowning; paradise of Tlaloc, the water keeper
Tonatiuhilhuicatl
is the destination for souls of warriors; the dwelling place of the sun.
Pan de muerto
is an eggy, brioche-like bread, often topped with sugar.
Mole
contains anywhere from 20 to 50 ingredients and it shows the dead that you care enough to give them the very best.
Atole
, a hot, thick, gruel-like drink made from maize, gives the souls of the dead warmth, energy and respite from thirst.
Dia de los Muertos
Day of the Dead
Kari Dennett & Yaritza Rodriguez
November 1st
November 1st is known as All Saints Day and Dia de los Inocentes. Dia de los Inocentes is the day for honoring children who have died. The graves are decorated with candles and both White Orchids and Baby's Breath. Corpal, an ancient incense, is burned at the graves.
November 2nd
Favorite foods and drinks
Pan de muerto
Mole
Atole
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