In the United States, death is seen as a tragedy, however, in Mexico, death is celebrated. The day of the dead is an ancient three-day tradition, with each day signifying a different meaning. On this day beginning October thirty-first, loved ones are remembered as he or she journeys through the afterlife,. Moreover, this day is bursting with numerous aspects of diffusion and globalization from other cultures that have shaped the day and the people of Mexico.
Halloween is one of the oldest holidays and is celebrated in different and unique ways all around the world. Here in the US we commonly associate Halloween with odd costumes, candy, and trick or treating. However, in Mexico Halloween takes on a whole new meaning. In fact, it doesn’t even have the same name. In Mexico Halloween is called Dia de la Brujas which is the day for children and is followed by Dia de los Muertos which means day of the dead.
Judson Dukes Period 9/11/17 Dia de los Muertos Dia de los muertos (Day of the dead) is a three day event in Mexico where the living can remember and honor their deceased love ones. This holiday is not gloomy nor a morbid occasion, but it is a bright, colorful, and happy holiday. The holiday is held annually on October 31st through November 2nd, a lot like Halloween in The United States. During this holiday the Mexicans visit cemeteries, make ofrendas, make special food, attend in the Catrina parade, and make calcases. Often times Mexicans visit cemeteries and decorate their loved ones graves, and spend time in the cemetery for their deceased family and friends.
Latin Americans celebrate a festival every year where they honor their dead decorating skulls. The party focuses on gathering family and friends to remind people who were close to them. The Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Latin Americans living in the United States and Canada. The party focuses on meetings of family and friends to pray and remember friends and relatives who have died.
Dia De Los Muertos Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico on 1st and 2nd of November to honor the dead. It is celebrated throughout Latin America as well as by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is believed that the dead would be insulted by mourning, therefore, Dia de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with feasting, drinking, partying and other activities that the dead would have enjoyed when they were alive. The festival features a colorful display of costumes and culture, with the most familiar symbol being the "calacas" or skeletons and "calaveras" or skulls, which appear everywhere during the festival.
Death is an aspect of life that all cultures must reconcile with, but how cultures reconcile with it varies. American culture tends to sterilize death and remove it from general conversation. The topic of death and the physical remnants of death are usually enclosed and kept as far out of sight as possible. In Mexico, on the other hand, death is both displayed and celebrated. Mexicans embrace death in both their spiritual and cultural lives.
Like a Thief in the Night When death comes, there is no escaping it. In a split second it takes your life. In the Masque of the Red Death, Edgar Allen Poe uses imagery and symbolism to portray that everyone’s time comes to an end, that no one can escape death.
Death brings forth thoughts of loss, grief, anger, or fear. People tend to think of Death as a sly snake stealing away loved ones. However, American-Romantic poets William Cullen Bryant and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, seem to think differently. They both see death as a normal aspect of life. In the poem“Thanatopsis”, written by William Bryant, he portrays death not like the mysterious shadow that should be feared but the calming embrace of Nature.
Día de los Muertos also known as the day of the dead is a holiday celebrated on October 31 through November 2. Each day has its own meaning, on October 31 it is Halloween or all hallows eve, The next day November 1st it is known as Día de los innocents or all saints day, and on the last day, November 2nd is the day of the dead or all souls day. Many things happen on this holiday some of those things include visiting gravesites, family visits, singing, eating, and tell favorite stories about those who have passed away. When the family’s go and visit the gravesites they often clean them up and decorate the gravesites of their loved
El Dia de los Muertos, also known as day of the dead was celebrated by the indigenous people and today thousands of years laters is continued to be. Day of the Dead is a holiday that celebrated the lives of loved ones that have passed. The indigenous people believed that it was the beginning of a new chapter and one of the most common signs that can be found during the celebration(either on the altars or as costumes) are skeletons,as they are the symbol of life after death. The people who celebrate Day of the Dead take this as a time to celebrate their loved ones that have passed and to think about the world that is to come. However, instead of viewing death as the end of the road, they view it as a new road, and a chance to start a new chapter.