Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos in English translates to Day of the Dead. In Mexico and Central America there are celebrations to honor the dead. This coincides with the holiday All Souls Day. Dia de los Muertos is focused on family gatherings and prayer for the loved ones who have passed on in the past year. There are many altars with offerings made to those who have left. Parades, skulls and skeletons are among the traditional decor that comes with Dia de los Muertos in a positive way. The celebrations in Mexico and Central America are to honor the dead, not fear them. They go to their graves and decorate them with flowers, specifically marigolds. Among the make-up and festiviites they never loose focus on what November 2nd means to them. They take in the knowledge that their loved ones have moved on to a better place. Yet, they still celebrate in knowing that they could come and visit from time to time. Dia de los Muertos is a day of celebration, remembrance, and prayer for the dearly departed who have not left their hearts.

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4 thoughts on “Dia de los Muertos

  1. belinda o says:

    I attend an Episcopal Church, and on this same day — we call it All Saints’ Day — there’s a reading of the names of those who’ve died in the previous year, along with thanks for the life they led. We have a Spanish-language service as well, and their celebration is different than ours, more like what you described.

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful tradition.

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