Dia De Los Muertos: Day Of The Dead

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“Sugar Skulls are a popular and iconic offering, and were first made in the 17th century. They are ‘absorbed’ by the spirits and then eaten by the living” ("The Day of the…”). Dia de los Muertos, translated to Day of the Dead, is a holiday which is celebrated in many different countries such as Mexico, Latin America, and the Philippines (Gordts). This holiday represents a time of celebration and remembrance of the deceased (Gates). Day of the Dead originated from the Aztecs nearly three thousand years ago ("Day of the Dead…”). The Aztecs created this day to honor the dead, and kept their skulls as a reminder of not only death, but also rebirth ("Day of the Dead…”). Today, Day of the Dead is celebrated during a three day span and is special for many people, this holiday is represented as cheerful in Mexico, the country from which this holiday originated from, and is a celebration of life and death (Gates). Day of the Dead is typically celebrated in three days. These three days have different meanings for each, an explanation of these days is provided in the following text. The first day of Day of the Dead begins on October 31st of every year (Gates). On this day, people clean cemetery’s, pull weeds, and decorate (Shelly). Later in the evening, people dress up and have a…show more content…
The main purpose of candied skulls is not to be eaten, but to be adorn on tombs and alters for the visiting souls ("Dia De Los Muertos…”). Pan de muerto is a sweat bread that is made for Day of the Dead, and is decorated with bone shaped pieces (Turim). Atole is a corn based alcoholic beverage which is drunk not only by the living, but some is also set aside for the beloved relatives (Turim). A sweet treat made for November 1st, is sugar coffins and is made not only as a treat, but also as toys for the returned children (Turim). These treats are a tradition for the Day of the Dead

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