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.
The second monday of october is when many celebrate Columbus Day. A holiday designed to honor Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer, who set foot in the new world on October 12, 1492, five hundred twenty five years ago. He intended to find a western sea route to China, India and Asia where gold was rumored to be found in abundance. Instead he landed in the bahamas. He didn’t realize until his third voyage that he didn't land in china but a land that the Europeans had no knowledge on.
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.
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.
For my cultural project I chose to go to the Dia de los Muertos Contemporary Art and Altar Exhibit by Nopal Cultural at the Eiteljorg Museum . Upon entering Lilly Auditorium, where the exhibit was held I immediately noticed 12 small altars and one large altar in the back. All of the smaller altars where dedicated to different people. Some of the people featured in the altars include: Mexican singer and songwriter Juan Gabriel, calculus teacher James Escalantes, and Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low. All of the altars were done by different groups or individuals within the community, just as they would be if they were in Mexico and Latin America.
Spirits are honored in different ways. Dia de los Muertos and Obon both make special food and bring families together but they are celebrated on different months. Dia de los Muertos and Obon are traditions to honor the dead and welcome them to the land of the living. Día de los Muertos is celebrated in Mexico and Obon is celebrated in Japan. Dia de los Muertos and Obon both make special food for the spirits.
The Day of the Dead and Halloween are alike in many ways. During the Day of the Dead, people dress in costumes and celebrate their dead loved ones returning to them. Similarly, on Halloween, people also dress in costumes and go “Trick or Treating”. Both holidays also come from Catholic roots, and believe the veil between the living and dead worlds is thinnest on these days. During the Day of the Dead celebrations, people cook, eat, and have a party, similar to what others do on Halloween.
I found many similarities between the Gypsies and the Hispanic culture; for example: Several Generations of gypsies live together under one roof Parents, Grandparents, Children etc. Married sons often live in parents household along with their wife and children Both have a strong family focus Both express a strong sense of togetherness Both groups enjoy gatherings and celebrate birthdays and wedding with music and dancing Gypsies believe in saints just as much as the Hispanic community.
Overall DotD and Halloween have many differences and similarities that people like and dislike from Chocolates, Skeletons and Costumes. It can be confusing but it shows lots of culture and what people like to celebrate. Comparing Day of the Dead and Halloween with similarities and differences. Many areas of the world celebrate Halloween in ways through Chocolate, Skeletons and Bread. Day of the Dead and Halloween are the most alike
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.