dia de los muertos
Understanding more about "The Day of the Dead"
What is Dia de los muertos?
Dia de los muertos translates into English as "The Day of the Dead". Although celebrated throughout Latin America, dia de los muertos is strongly associated with Mexico, considering that is where this celebration originated.
Dia de los muertos is a two day long festival that is meant to honor the dead and ones passed ancestors by a series of festivals and lively celebrations. On this day you would also celebrate the lives of the deceased with food, drinks, parties, and activities the dead once enjoyed in life.
Many people paint their faces and dress in such a way to represent a dead figure. for example, notice how this man's face is painted to resemble that of a Skeleton.
Families create memorials (or altars) for deceased members and fill it with things such as food, toys and paintings that the specific person enjoyed while alive. They believe that by doing this they are inviting the spirit to come and be with them throughout the days of celebration. `
This day is not celebrated within the boundaries of a home. Usually big festivals, and parades take place all day involving hundreds of people from the community.