El Día de los Muertos Unacelebraciónmexicana Source: Wikimedia Commons
El Día de los Muertos is a celebration that helps people remember their departed loved ones, and helps create a sense of bonding and roots to one’s ancestors and heritage.(es.wikipedia.org, “Día de Muertos”)
La Catrina Based on a painting by a famous Mexican artist, La Catrina represents death. In these represenations, however, death seems to be enjoying itself. La Catrina serves to remind everyone that death is inevitable, but that life should be enjoyed. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Source: Wikimedia Commons “Many people believe that during the Day of the Dead, it is easier for the souls of the departed to visit the living. People will go to cemeteries to communicate with the souls of the departed, and will build private altars, containing the favorite foods and beverages, and photos and memorabilia, of the departed. The intent is to encourage visits by the souls, so that the souls will hear the prayers and the comments of the living directed to them. Celebrations can take a humorous tone, as celebrants remember funny events and anecdotes about the departed.” (wikipedia.org, “Day of the Dead”)
“Those with writing talent sometimes create short poems, … mocking epitaphs of friends, sometimes describing interesting habits and attitudes or some funny anecdotes. This custom originated in the 18th-19th century, after a newspaper published a poem narrating a dream of a cemetery in the future, "and all of us were dead", proceeding to "read" the tombstones.” (wikipedia.org, “Day of the Dead”)
A humorous epitaph that Benjamin Franklin wrote about himself: The Body of B. Franklin, Printer, Like the Cover of an old Book, Its Contents torn out. And Stript of its Lettering & Gilding. Lies here. Food for Worms. But the Work shall not be lost; For it will (as he Believ’d) Appear once More In a New and More Elegant Edition Revised and Corrected By the Author.
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