A Celebration of Life: Day Of The Dead

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The Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) began during the pre-Hispanic era, it combined Aztec rituals with Catholicism…

Today it is celebrated on November 2nd primarily in Mexico every year. It is a celebration of life and remembrance always decorated with a brush of bright colors. This tradition is so much more to identify with only one culture. It has transcended over to become a larger than life celebration (no pun intended) in many different parts of the world.

The celebration involves taking sometime to think about the people in our lives who have passed away whether it is family members, friends, teachers, mentors or neighbors whom have been close to us. During this time it is important to remember our happiest memories with them. As a form of remembrance flowers such as marigolds are placed along a small altar with pictures of your loved ones whom have passed away. One special aspect of this tradition is placing foods that were their favorites and setting them as offerings near their picture.

Traditionally, a candle is placed as a guiding light, a reminder that life is a journey and we are not left in the dark. A glass of water is placed beside the picture in representation that water is life, and provides growth and change. A large percentage of our body is water, drinking it maintains us, and like a plant we grow each day. A skull made of sugar is placed near the picture along with the foods so as to remind us that regardless of death we should live our lives to the fullest because life can be so sweet when those we love surround us.

In Mexico the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is to remember that although gone they are not forgotten—it’s in many ways a form of grieving. It means life is a cycle and we must honor it by moving forward. It becomes acceptable to let go because they’ll always be a part of your life as you were a part of theirs and that will never change


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