Day of the Dead

Sarah Smith, Feature

Today is the special holiday celebrated in south and central Mexico called Dia de los Muertos also commonly known as Day of the Dead. Day of the Dead is a holiday where families believe that the deceased are reunited with their family and come down from heaven to celebrate. This holiday spans two days and is celebrated on November 1 and 2 the first day is for children and the second is for adults. Families will build alters and shrines to commemorate their lost loved ones. These two days are a big celebration for those who celebrate it because it reunites them with their deceased loved ones through memories by putting out pictures and offerings on their alters. The belief behind all of the decorations and gifts is that if the family keeps their spirits happy then they will bring good luck and happiness for the rest of the year. One of the traditions encompassing the Day of the Dead would be sugar skulls. Most people even if they do not know the meaning of the day and the celebration known of the Day of the Dead because of the sugar skulls. Sugar art was first started around the 18 century to decorate churches around Mexico. These decorations were popular because they were less expensive than importing decorations from Europe. Thus the idea of the sugar skull was born and it is still an important part of Mexican culture today.

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