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How is Day of the Dead Celebrated?

Updated: Feb 2

By Yarepsi Guzman

Day of the Dead, also known as “Dia de los Muertos” is a holiday mostly celebrated by Hispanic and Latino cultures. It is a holiday where people celebrate their ancestors and family members who are deceased. It is believed that the dead reunite with the living because the border between them dissolves. Families make Ofrendas that include pictures of their loved ones with things that they used to love such as items, food, or drinks, surrounding their picture. It is also decorated with flowers and candles. This holiday takes place on the 1st and 2nd day of November.

This is a holiday where families show their tribute to their deceased family members and they show how much they miss and appreciate them. This holiday is usually represented by the symbol of a “Calavera” which is a skull in English. As it seems that this would be a sad holiday, it is usually a joyful one because they get to reunite with their loved ones who have passed away. Families also clean and decorate the graves of their loved ones. Some places even celebrate by having parades with music.

This holiday helps keep the memories of those who died alive and will never be forgotten. People also wear skeleton masks and eat sugar candies in the shape of a skill to represent the Days of the Dead. “Ofrendas” are a huge part when it comes to celebrating the day of the dead and you may have seen an “Ofrenda” in a popular Disney movie called “Coco”. This is a colorful and cheerful holiday that makes the loved ones of families feel welcome to join their living family in the real world.

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