Dia de los muertosDay of the dead 2 de noviembre
Dia de los muertos,«DEE ah deh lohs MWEHR tohs», • Dia de los muertos, is a Mexican holiday that honors the dead. • The holiday is celebrated in many Mexican American communities.
Éstees el país de México • El día de los muertos se celebra en México
Dia de los muertos is Spanish for day of the dead. • During this celebration, families gather in churches, at cemeteries, and in homes to pray for and remember their deceased loved ones.
A time of remembrance • Dia de los muertos is usually celebrated on November 2, the Roman Catholic feast of All Souls' Day. • In some communities, the dead are remembered over several days, including November 1, All Saints' Day. • The celebration combines ancient native beliefs and Catholic traditions.
Velas y flores El pan de muertos La ofrenda Los dulces skeletons, or calacas. El cementerio El altar La familia
La ofrenda • Many families prepare an elaborate altar, known as an ofrenda (offering), in their homes and in cemeteries for the holiday • The ofrendas are decorated with flowers, fruits, popular foods, sweets, and drinks. • They are created to welcome back, for a day, the souls of departed family members and friends.
El pan de muerto (bread of the dead) • Special candies and pan de muerto (bread of the dead), a sweet bread, are popular treats served in the shape of skulls, skeletons, and other symbols of death.
Death is a part of life • The day of the dead reinforces the ancient belief that death is a part of life. • It is an important tradition through which families pass on their oral histories. • Recalling stories of past family members helps keep these ancestors alive for future generations. • Death is seen as another stage following life, not something to be faced with fear.
La Familia • In this photograph, a family in Patzcuaro, Mexico, decorates the graves of deceased family members with flowers.
La fiesta • The occasion is festive, rather than morbid. • Death isn't seen as the end of one's life, but as a natural part of the life cycle; the memory of the departed continue to exist in the minds and hearts of the living. Their lives are celebrated each year during this festival. • Los mariachis (band) play Mexican songs
The cemetery • The gravesite is cleaned and nicely decorated with flowers in preparation for this holiday. • The cemetery is not a spooky place for many families in Mexico during this holiday. Rather, it is a place to gather and celebrate with candles, songs & stories as the deceased relatives are remembered.
Adios y hastaluego • La bandera de México