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Day Of The Dead- Día de los Muertos

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Transcript of Day Of The Dead- Día de los Muertos

Dia De Los Muertos/ Day of the Dead
History
Beliefs
During
Halloween
, death is a feared aspect of life, but in "Día De Los Muertos", death is
celebrated.

Spanish communities recognize death as a natural part of human experience, a continuum with birth.
What is Day of the Dead?
-Festival created by the Aztecs
-Held on 1st and 2nd of November
- The dead "difuntos" are honored by family.
-Celebrated mainly in Mexico
Decoration
Flowers "Flores", incense"Candelas", and sugar skulls "Calavazas" are widely used through out the whole festival in decoration and pattern, but their use on the alter is symbolic.
The official flower of the celebration is the Marigold. "Cempazuchitl"
They are placed on the alters as traditions, legend has it that the scent from the petals will form a welcoming path for the spirits to follow.
Copal incense is used to clear the environment of bad energy.
Candles are present to light the way home for spirits, but it is also believed that if the flame is accidentally blown out, the spirits will leave.
Sugar skulls are often used to decorate the "Ofrendas."
The skulls represent the individual that has passed away.
Much of the decoration has developed from the Aztec design mixed with Hispanic folk art. This style of color and patterns has become recognizable all over the world.
Decoration cont.
During this event, those participating honor dead with festivals and lively celebrations.
Even famous celebrities.
The dead are apart of the community, awakened from eternal slumber to share celebrations and rejoice with loved ones.
Some people celebrate the holiday out of fear, for that some believe that those who neglect their ancestors will have vengeance brought upon them from their neglected spirits.
Symbolism
Practiced for over 3,000 years
Aztec Ritual
Sugar skulls were kept as trophies and used to symbolize the dead
Latin America
Guatemala celebrates with a gathering and are known to fly huge kites.
Other Spanish nationalities go to cemeteries and churches with flowers and candles.
Europe
Originated From
Mexico "Los aztecas"
Mix of Pre-hispanic Indigenous and Spanish Catholic beliefs.
Remembering and honoring those who have passed
One of Mexico's most important holidays so a lot of money is invested
Day of the Dead
Latin America
Europe
Asia
Who Else Celebrates Day Of the Dead
Call it "All Saints Day" or "All Souls Day"
Give presents to children and visit churches and cemeteries with candles.
All Saints Day:
Light candles near there relatives grave
Wait one or two days ( playing cards, singing, or dancing)
Philippines
Traditionally every family in Mexico builds an altar
Built as early as two weeks in advance leading to November 1
Built with lots of love and care
Very sacred
Alters/Ofrendas
Day of the Dead is not only recognized through mexican culture, but other cultures as well.
Celebrates Death
Not Halloween
Es un día para celebrar y recordar a los difuntos….. Y es un día muy especial.
Conclusion
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