Day of the dead is a Mexican holiday. There are two days that they celebrate the day of the dead. On October 31 and November 2. They celebrate the day of the dead to honor family members who have died. This holiday has its roots in an ancient Aztec celebration, in which people remembered dead ancestors.
Like many cultures, Mexico holds many special customs and beliefs that are preserved celebrated for hundreds of years. Among these traditions is an important holiday called Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Taking place from October 31st through November 2nd, Día de los Muertos is celebrated to honor the loved ones who have passed away. The holiday’s history dates back to the sixteenth century, when Spaniards came to the region of modern-day Mexico. It combines elements of the Aztec beliefs and ceremonies regarding death with Catholic influences.
Dia de los Muertos originated in Mexico centuries ago. This holiday is for honoring their loved ones who have passed away. Dia de los Muertos is not mournful, but is celebrated with happiness and joy. Many festivities take place and towns all through Mexico are covered with parades and fancy decorations. Sugar skulls, grave site decorating, parades, all night long vigils, and many ceremonies are all part of festivities that take place on thus (this) special day.
In our Mexican culture we celebrate el dia de los muertes or the day of the dead, in a lively and cheerful festival. Instead of mourning the loss of our loved ones we celebrate and have a day to remember how amazing those people were and how they lived their life. Probably one of the most important symbols to that festival and to our Mexican culture is the sugar skulls. Sugar skulls are handmade skulls made of mostly sugar. However, at first the skull is a blank canvas and anyone can decorate them to resemble their deceased loved ones.
Dia de los Muertos and Halloween can often be confused because they are celebrated within very close dates, but in reality they have distinct characteristics. Dia de los Muertos was originally introduced in Mexico with the Aztec Festival of the Dead, but the traditions have been tweaked over the years. Likewise, Halloween originated in Ireland, beginning with the Celtic Festival called “Samhain”. Now, the popular holiday, Day of the Dead, is celebrated from October 31st through November 2nd by visiting the graves of dead friends or family members. People who participate in Dia de los Muertos leave food, candles, incense, a poem, or a picture at the altar to honor the past lives of people they love.
Both Columbus Day and Dia de la Raza are celebrated on October 12. The two of these holidays, although celebrated in different parts of the world, celebrate and commemorate the discovery of America, or the Americas. Columbus Day (or in some places know as Native American Day) is celebrated in English speaking countries. Columbus Day is a federal holiday in the United States of America to celebrate the discovery of America, and to honor Christopher Columbus, who “discovered” the Americas. Some schools take Columbus Day off, but some don’t.
El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), a Mexican celebration, is a day to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. On this day in Mexico, the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations of papel picado, flowers, candy Calaveras, and parades. It is believed that the spirit of the dead visit their families on October 31 leave on November 2. In order to celebrate, the families make altars and place ofrendas of food such as pan de muertos baked in shapes of skulls and figures, candles, incense, yellow marigolds known as cempazuchitl (also spelled zempasuchil) and most importantly a photo of the departed soul are placed on the altar.
Every year, Many locals in Latin American countries, the largest being mexico, celebrate the day of the dead from oct 31to nov 2. The celebration was started over 3,000 years ago by the aztecs living in the area. Many people think of the day as a sad one but the locals view it as a celebration of their lost loved ones. Families have many personal traditions but one common thing people do is make alters also know as an “alfreda” to provide their lost loved one with things they 'll need in the afterlife. Some examples of things people will put in the alters include flowers, food, objects or things the person enjoyed, water, or toys if the person was a child.
There are certain events in history that can shape a person’s entire life, whether they know it or not. These events are also what shape an entire society and its culture. That is where sociological imagination takes place. Sociological imagination is described as an understanding of both an individual’s life and the history of a society. To me, the most historic event that shaped me is the Eritrean War.
Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican “ memorial day” that celebrates the lives of those who have passed. As a beautiful honor to this day, Mr. Garcia’s Spanish class, was given the task of making a little altar for either a family member or celebrity. Shadow boxes were made with pictures and decorations to represent the person; also posters with a background story were created. To show all the beautiful projects and honor each chosen person, a memorial was set up at the library displaying the student’s hard work. Besides our school, our community was ready to celebrate and honor this day as well.