Literal Conception Of Calaveras

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3. Ofrendas.

The main feature of the festival is ofenda (an altar). People usually build them in their own houses or in cemeteries. The altars aren’t made for worshiping, rather, they carry out the task to welcome the spirits back to the Realm of Live. That’s why they are loaded with offerings, such as: water and food (is spirit is thirsty and hungry after long journey), the photos of members of families, candles (one candle for each dead member of family). If some spirit is a child, you can find little toy on the alter. The alters is used to decorate with marigolds. Spreading from the alter to the grave, the petals of these flowers meant to guide the traveling souls back to their place for rest. The smoke from incense depurates the area of the alter.
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Literal conception of Calaveras.

The definition of “calavera” is skull. However, during the late 18-th – early 19-th centuries, the word “calavera” used to define brief, humorous poems, which were often published in newspapers as satirical tombstone epitaph that made fun at the living. Thus, these literal Calaveras became one of the most popular part of celebration of Día de Muertos. Nowadays this practice of such poems is still exists and popular as never before. We can find Calaveras printed, read aloud, broadcast on TV and radio.


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