El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead)

Today we remember all our loved ones who have passed. Mexico has a wonderful tradition to honor the dead, here is a short explanation of what the celebration entails.

Who knew death could be so colorful? Purple and orange tissue paper banners line altars decorated with marigold petals, colorful sugar skulls, and a bounty of fruit and vegetables. This is a celebration of life and triumph over death, the intermingling of the religious beliefs of the indigenous people of Latin America and the faith of the Spaniards that conquered them. The day of the dead is not only a holiday that honors those who have left us, but it is believed that on that special day the souls of the dead return to visit the living.  Both the indiginous people and the Church of the Spaniards believed that death was not an end, but only a passageway to another life. That is why this is a joyous occasion, a homecoming festival, and at the same time a way to mock death and the power it holds over our bodies.

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