Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Mexican Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family andfriends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration occurs on November 2 in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day(November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visitinggraves with these as gifts.
Scholars trace the origins of the modern holiday to indigenous observances dating back thousands of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess calledMictecacihuatl. Public schools at all levels build altars with offerings or ofrendas, usually omitting the religious symbols. Government offices usually have at least a small altar, as this holiday is seenas important to the Mexican heritage.
The celebration starts in the households where the lights of candles illuminate the altar, there are the names of the dead persons. The family members sit atthe table and share food in the feast; they listen to music and talk suspense stories.
An altar may have the image of the deceased, the cross, incense and incense, bow, confetti, candles, and candleson the altar candles, water, flowers, skulls, food, alcoholic beverages, personal items, ornaments
Halloween (or Hallowe'en) is an annual holiday observed on October 31, primarily in the UnitedStates, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. It has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holiday All Saints' Day, but is today largely a secular celebration.
Common Halloweenactivities include trick-or-treating, wearing costumes and attending costume parties, carving jack-o'-lanterns, ghost tours, bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, committing...
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