Happy Day of the Dead!
People that celebrate el Dia de Los Muertos celebrate their lost ones and keep their memory alive all at once. Dia de Los Muertos is usually celebrated in Mexico and other Latin American countries, but since several Mexican natives have migrated to the U.S. it is celebrated here as well.
Some people that celebrate Dia De Los Muertos believe that a portal is open on the night of October 31st and the young spirits of their passed loved ones who were children are reunited with those still living. On November 2nd, the adults’ spirits come back to be reunited with their loved ones. Some celebrate the holiday for 3 days with festivals. They celebrate with pan de muerto, altars, offerings, etc. The altars are beautifully decorated with their loved one’s favorite foods, drinks, toys, etc. Catholics also celebrate this holiday but through All Saints Day.
People also celebrate with sugar skull molds and catrinas. The use of sugar goes back to Spanish conquests, and the indigenous groups in Mexico were able to express themselves through sugar as a medium because they could afford it. In today’s celebrations, sugar skulls will have a name to commemorate their passed loved one. This year, those in Mexico will be commemorating those who passed due to the 8.2-magnitude earthquake. Parades have already been dedicated to them. I hope you all have a great Dia de Los Muertos and remember to not culturally appropriate these celebrations and use sugar skulls as your Halloween costume if you do not understand the significance of them. Below I have added some links for additional information about Dia de Los Muertos and how to celebrate without being offensive if your ethnicity is not historically tied to the holiday. The Modern and Classical Languages department will be hosting events all day today until 3pm at Siceluff Hall to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos.
Also, enjoy this adorable short film about Dia de Los Muertos!
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