Dia de Los Muertos


   Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Hispanic (mostly Mexican) holiday that celebrates both life and death. In the, Hispanic culture there isn't a stigma surrounding death as there is here in the United States. Día de los Muertos isn't seen as a day of mourning, but rather one of celebration. In Mexico, the people believe that you don't begin living life until after death. It is understood that what we are experiencing now is a dream that only death can wake us up from. Hispanic individuals believe that the spirits of their loved ones will return to Earth on November 2nd, and they commemorate them by decorating their graves and leaving offerings such as traditional Mexican food including mole and pan de muertos.
   Día de los Muertos is a traditional Hispanic celebration that has been around long before Western colonization. When the conquistadors arrived, they attempted to eradicate the Aztec holiday of celebration because it did not align with their catholic beliefs. Today, Día de los Muertos is mixed with both Aztec and Catholic beliefs and is now celebrated for two days. It is completely by coincidence that it falls immediately after Halloween!

Text and Visual by Angela Macias

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