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Imagine yourself in a cemetery commemorating your great-grandpa Dia De Los Muertos The Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico on November 2nd The Day of the Dead is one of Mexicos traditional holidays reuniting and honoring beloved ancestors family and friends To begin the historical roots of this celebration date back to the pre-Hispanic cultures of Meso-America of the indigenous people especially the Nahua Aztecs Mayans Toltecas Tlaxcaltec Chichimec Tecpanec and others native to Mexico more than 3000 years ago Life was seen as a dream It was believed that only in dying a human being was truly awake Death was not a mysterious and fearful presence but a realistic recognizable character as much a part of life as life itself When Christianity was introduced in the 16th century religion and its symbols became part of the altars we now find in Mexico today November 1st All Saints Day is when the spirits of the children called los angelitos little angels are expected to return Traditionally it is a time when family members share memorable stories that would commemorate their lives together Secondly there are many items that people do to celebrate the Day of the Dead On November 2 family members clean and perhaps paint the headstones arrange flowers and lighting candles Mexican families construct special home altars dedicated to the spirits of their deceased loved ones The altars range from simple to the very elaborate and are 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 often include toys candy and other sweets I think that building alters for the dead is a good concept They teach the younger generations about the past as well as commemorate the dead No matter what kind of a person was everyone leaves behind a legend Some books for example are biographies praising and telling about a
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