What Is the Day of the Dead?
The day of the dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a day associated with the Mexican culture and is mostly celebrated there. The people of Mexico celebrate it to honor the people who have died. It could be anyone from family or friends to famous celebraties. They day of the dead originated through catholic beliefs and indigenous Aztec rituals. Dia de los Muertos is celebrated from October 31st to November 2. Why do they celebrate it for 2 days? Well Because those days are All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day which both are on the Catholic calendar!
Cool Facts about The Day of the Dead
People make lots of foods and pastries that the person liked to eat when they were alive. Some of the symbols that represent the Dia de los Muertos are calacas, which are Human skulls or skeletons, and calaveras, which are skulls that are decorative, like Sugar skulls. Speaking of sugar skulls, some of the most famous foods for the day of the dead are Atole, Tamales, Mole, Pan de Muerto, and candied Pumpkin - Yum!
Last year in the City of Mexico, almost 200,000 people attended the Day of the dead festival. The festival is mostly being dedicated to the people who lost their lives in the 3 earthquakes that hit Mexico. As a tradition, people dress up to be skeletons and dance as long as they want. There are so many cool things about the Day of the Dead and how people would take 3 days to celebrate their loved ones. Therefore the Day of the Dead is very important to Latin America it is a very popular event.
Story by Juan Grijalba-Vasquez