Day Of The Dead

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In short, Day of The Dead, called Dia de los Muertos in Spanish, Is a Mexican holiday that falls on November 1 and 2 of each year. On Day of the Dead, the boundaries between life and death begin to blur. Men, women and children of all ages honor and celebrate their loved ones who have passed away, participating joyously in a festival that has roots nearly 4000 years old. The holiday has spread in recent years from Mexico to America and beyond. It is now celebrated by Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, and countless others, spawning a colorful and distinctive artistic tradition that continues to inspire. Day of the Dead art is alive with smiling skulls in kaleidoscope colors, doused in a deluge of decorative and detailed designs. It is a vibrant…show more content…
This makes it the opportune time to try and communicate with those who have passed away. However, Day of the Dead is also a reflective time. Death can and will be a tough thing to handle; to many people it’s a scary prospect, because no one knows what happens after death. We all have our own personal beliefs, based on culture, society, and family upbringings, as well as our own personal intellectual, emotional and spiritual inclinations. Some schools of thought invoke a fear of death as an inevitable part of the cycle of life. Nothing and no one is free from the fingers of death. It will, throughout our lives, affect us in all intimate ways, until we all ultimately meet our end. Day of the Dead art counteracts any feelings of doom and gloom relating to morality. Some artwork is often colorful and lively, sometimes whimsically macabre. Day of the Dead art is ironically full of life, To those of us who did not grow up in Latin American culture, Day of the Dead art rejuvenates our common western perception of death by presenting a view of the afterlife that is full of energy and spirit, one worthy of joy and celebration. It brings with it the hope that after death, there will still be another
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