Dia De Los Muertos (Day Of The Dead)

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Dia De Los Muertos (Day Of The Dead)

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What is Día Del Los Muertos?

 

Dia De Los Muertos is a holiday based on the death of people and is celebrated by the people of the Mexican Heritage. Dia De Los Muertos is celebrated on October 28 until November 3rd. It is a celebration where people will remember their relatives and help them on their spiritual journey.

Altars

Ofrenda

Altars or “Ofrendas” are usually set on tables to represent dead relatives and the resources they will need to take with them on their spiritual journey. Usually, altars have candles, fruit, salt, water, bread, flowers (specifically, cempasúchil),and photos of dead relatives. Altars have all these things because each one of them represent something. Candles are used to lead the dead to the afterlife. Fruit and bread are used by the dead so they have something to munch on while on their journey to the afterlife. Salt and water are the main representatives of life. Flowers attract the dead to the altar. Photos of relatives are used to show those people that the altar was made for them, and they know where their home is. 

 

Dates

October through November Calendar (2019)

Día De Los Muertos isn’t just celebrated on one day. It is celebrated on multiple days, from October 28 to November 3rd. Each day has you do something different for the dead. On October 28, you light up one candle and have a white flower to attract solitary spirits. On the 29 of October, you light up another candle and fill up a cup of water to dedicate it to spirits that were forgotten from their families. On the 30th, you light up a new candle, fill up a new glass of water, and place some “pan blanco” for those who died without eating or who got in an accident. On the 31st of October, you light up the candle once again, another glass of water, place some bread, and add some fruit for the ancestors.  November 1st is when you fully decorate your altar which is for the deaths of young ones. On November 2nd, you keep up your altar from the day prior, this day is dedicated for the deaths of adults or older ones. Finally, November 3rd is when you light up a white candle and ask the spirits to come next year. After 12:00 PM of that day, you are able to finally clean up your altar, and yes you can eat the food that was placed when cleaning. 

 

History & Importance

Dia De Los Muertos started 3,000 years ago. Before columbian times, Dia De Los Muertos was first based on Mesoamerican beliefs. During the 14th to 16th century, the Spanish was colonizing the area and spread Catholicism. Then, they mixed both the Mesoamerican belief with the Catholic beliefs to create the new Dia De Los Muertos. Dia De Los Muertos was created because in the mexican culture, death is looked at a natural cycle of life. People would rather look at the death of a person as a celebration than a day of sadness. They like to look at it like that because this celebration is when their loved ones awake and celebrate with them for being back again. Dia De Los Muertos is also a day when you remember your loved ones that passed away and remember the great life they had, and what good they did. 

 

Closing

 

Overall, Dia De Los Muertos is a time where you are able to remember about your loved ones and celebrate their lives. You can learn more about your family’s history. It’s a time to get closer to your loved ones. Even if it’s not Dia De Los Muertos, try and remember your loved ones and appreciate them for the impact they had on you.