The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos or All Souls' Day) is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Latin Americans living in the United States and Canada. Theholiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration occurs on November 1st and 2nd in connection with the Catholicholiday of All Saints' Day which occurs on November 1st and All Souls' Day which occurs on November 2nd. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds,and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.
Scholars trace the origins of the modern holiday to indigenous observances dating back thousands ofyears, and to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl.
Scholars trace the origins of the modern holiday to indigenous observances dating back thousands of years, and to anAztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl.
In Spain, there are festivals and parades, and at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their loved ones who havedied. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe and in the Philippines, and similarly-themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures.
HISTORY OF THE DAY OF THE DEAD 2:
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Some assure that the tradition of the festival is mixed with the pre-Hispanic custom to bury to deads with objects, food and offerings for its...