Día de los Muertos
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday honoring deceased family members and friends. It is celebrated on November 1 and 2 in Mexico and other Latin American countries. On November 1, children who have died are honored. Their graves are decorated with white orchids and baby’s breath. On November 2, adults who have passed away are honored. Their graves are decorated with bright orange marigolds. At home, small, personal altars are set up with flowers, candles, food, drinks, photos and personal mementos of the people being remembered.
Día de los Muertos celebrates the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life. The holiday acknowledges death as a natural part of the human experience, a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a contributing member of the community. On Día de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with loved ones.
Skeletons and skulls are the most familiar symbol of Día de los Muertos. They appear in candied sweets, as parade masks and as dolls. The skeletons and skulls are portrayed as enjoying life, often in fancy clothes and entertaining situations.
The holiday originated in Mexico but is celebrated everywhere where there is a Latino population. Los Angeles, CA has celebrations throughout the city.
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