Mexico's most celebrated national holiday, El Dia de los Muertos celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. Since the beginning of time, people have felt the need to explain the unknown of life and death. Many civilizations and cultures have created rituals to try and give significance to human existence. History shows us how the holiday has survived throughout centuries of changes, which stands as proof of that the holiday is not only cultural but also a personal significance to many.
El Dia de los Muertos has survived for many years. Mesoamerica civilization’s that thrived for about 40 centuries where many indigenous cultures that rose and fell in lands now known as Mexico. The Mayans, the Olmecs, and the Aztecs were just some of the several different civilizations that fought to survive after the Spanish invasion in 1500’s. They all shared a common thread: the belief in the afterlife; life after death, later life, also known as…show more content… Also in modern society they found a new identity for the queen of the underworld and named her “Catrina,” skeletal female figure with extravagant clothing and giants flamboyant hats, which is basically a reminder that death is a fate that even the rich can’t avoid. Mictecacihuatl: Mictecacihuatl, Goddess of Death in Aztec Religion, Mythology. (n.d.). Retrieved October 1, 2014.
The heart of these celebrations are within each families home. “The departed children, los angelitos, are remembered on November first while November second focuses on the departed adults according” to (1.1 The Mexican Day of the Dead. (n.d.). Retrieved October 1, 2014). Me and my family also celebrate both days, on November first we set up an alter and make a prayer for all our lost souls and on the second of November we celebrate and feast on food and music and more importantly family