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Imagine yourself in a cemetery commemorating your great-grandpa Dia De LosMuertos The Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico on November 2nd The Day ofthe Dead is one of Mexicos traditional holidays reuniting and honoring beloved ancestorsTo begin the historical roots of this celebration date back to the pre-Hispaniccultures of Meso-America of the indigenous people especially the Nahua AztecsMayans Toltecas Tlaxcaltec Chichimec Tecpanec and others native to Mexico morethan 3000 years ago Life was seen as a dream It was believed that only in dying ahuman being was truly awake Death was not a mysterious and fearful presence but arealistic recognizable character as much a part of life as life itself When Christianity wasintroduced in the 16th century religion and its symbols became part of the altars we nowfind in Mexico today November 1st All Saints Day is when the spirits of the childrencalled los angelitos little angels are expected to return Traditionally it is a time whenfamily members share memorable stories that would commemorate their lives together Secondly there are many items that people do to celebrate the Day of the DeadOn November 2 family members clean and perhaps paint the headstones arrange flowersand lighting candles Mexican families construct special home altars dedicated to thespirits of their deceased loved ones The altars range from simple to the very elaborate andare usually filled with objects that provided pleasure to the departed person in lifeincluding favorite food and drink Altars dedicated to the spirits of deceased children ofteninclude toys candy and other sweets I think that building alters for the dead is a goodconcept They teach the younger generations about the past as well as commemorate thedead No matter what kind of a person was everyone leaves behind a legend Somebooks for example are biographies praising and telling about a person in the past orpresent Like a book the alters tell the history of a person The alters tell a story of thedead individual Alters
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