Día de los Muertos “Day of the Dead”

Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday, it is a three-day celebration that takes place October 31st through November 2nd, celebration happens across Mexico and in some big cities in the U.S like San Francisco, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, San Diego and Albuquerque. On October 31st the gates of heaven are opened up at midnight and the young children can be with their families for 24 hours, it isn’t until November 2nd when the adults get to rejoice with their families for a night like the children. Day of the Dead allows families to reunite with their past loved ones, they celebrate their presence on this night. Families will go to cemeteries and decorate graves or set up ofrendas in their homes with many different things that remind them of their loved ones who have passed on. The families provide their loved one’s favorite foods, drinks, and decorate with marigolds, pictures, salt, water and candles at the graves or ofrendas. The marigold is something very significant because it is because of the flower’s bright vibrant color and scent guides the spirits back to their loved ones. The salt and water are set out because it is what quenches the spirit’s thirst and purifies their soul’s, it is one of the few things that is essential to be placed on the graves and ofrendas. The types of foods that are made during this time play a very significant role as well. A lot of traditional popular foods are prepared during this time, it also varies with what the past loved one liked. Another significant tradition about this celebration is Pan de Muertos (Day of the Dead Bread) they make bread and place it on the ofredas or graves, the family can either leave it or eat it, every family does something different with the bread. Families welcome their loved ones to feast, drink, dance and play throughout the night. On this night not only do they remember and reunite with their loved ones who have passed, they treat the deceased as honored guests, and the family celebrates their lives.

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