Monday, October 31, 2016

Dia de los Muertos - The Day of the Dead

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Dia de los Muertos is celebrated on All Saints Day (Nov. 1st) and All Souls Day (Nov.2nd) minor Catholic holidays.
The Day of the Dead is NOT a Mexican version of Halloween. It is a cultural holiday that combines 
indigenous Aztec rituals with Catholicism where the tradition is originated. 

Dia de los Muertos honors the dead as natural part of the human essence. The Day of the Dead celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, and activities the dead enjoyed in life. The dead are part of the community celebration and awakened from their eternal sleep to share the festival with their loved ones.

According to my research, the most familiar symbol of Dia de los Muertos are the Calacas (Spanish pronunciation: [kaˈlaka], a colloquial Mexican Spanish name for skeleton) and Calaveras (skulls). However, the most popular costume are the Catrinas is the Mexican representation of the dead created by Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada always portrayed as enjoying life, often in fancy clothes and flowers. Poems and song are signed in its honor. 



by Maritza M. Mejia

Los fantasmas se fueron
Las almas regresaron
Memorias nos dejaron
Nunca las olvidaremos

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