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Day of the Dead
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Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it is a national holiday, and all banks are closed. The celebration takes place on November 1, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.

Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. The holiday has spread throughout the world: In Brazil, Dia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain, there are festivals and parades, and, at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their dead loved ones. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe, and similarly themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures.

The Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico can be traced back to its indigenous pagan cultures. Rituals celebrating the deaths of ancestors had been observed by these civilizations perhaps for as long as 2,500–3,000 years. In the pre-Hispanic era, skulls were commonly kept as trophies and displayed during the rituals to symbolize death and rebirth.

The festival that became the modern Day of the Dead fell in the ninth month of the Aztec calendar, about the beginning of August, and was celebrated for an entire month. The festivities were dedicated to the goddess known as the “Lady of the Dead”, corresponding to the modern Catrina.

In most regions of Mexico, November 1 is to honor children and infants, whereas deceased adults are honored on November 2. This is indicated by generally referring to November 1 mainly as Día de los Inocentes (“Day of the Innocents”) but also as Día de los Angelitos (“Day of the Little Angels”) and November 2 as Día de los Muertos or Día de los Difuntos (“Day of the Dead”).

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  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedabout 2 years ago

    10-15-12
    Congratulations! Your Halloween image has been featured
    in ★ART UNIVERSE★ – Please click the banner to see all the entries and comment♥

  • Feature~~
    Thank you so kindly Kira….love the Halloween challenge hon…you are such an inspiring host!

    – Tammera

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenabout 2 years ago

    Excellent work Tammera.

  • thank you so kincly Warren!!

    – Tammera

  • andy551
    andy551about 2 years ago

    Awesome and visual creation! Congrats!!!

  • Thanx so much Andy!!

    – Tammera

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...about 2 years ago

    Congratulations!

    October 24, 2012
    Click the banner to view your featured work in our permanent features gallery!

  • FEATURE!!~~
    How wonderful!! thanx so very kindly!!…;-D

    – Tammera

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaabout 2 years ago

    A superb creation, very well done Tammera.

  • thank you once again my friend!!

    – Tammera

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