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Dia De Los Muertos Essay

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Scared of the dead? You Shouldn’t be. Did you know throughout Mexico they celebrate the day of the dead? They call it Dia De Los Muertos. On This holiday, they celebrate the passing of their loved ones. In United States, on October 31 we celebrate Halloween, this day we dress up on our most scariest costume, trick-or-treat for candies, and scare others just for the fun of it. They say it’s the day where the dead rise, maybe that’s why most people are afraid of this day.
In Mexico, this holiday occurs on the day of October 31 and ending on November 2. They have believed that on October 31 the gates of heaven and let the souls of the children roam on Earth on November 1. Then on November 2, they once again open the gates for the adults to roam on Earth. The celebration of Dia De Los Muertos may take years of planning or maybe shorter. This day, they believed that the soul comes back and visit their loved ones. They also believe that even if they don’t see their beloved that had passed away, they can surely feel their presence. To the family, it is very important to them because this day, the family reunites and honors their loved ones that had passed away and ancestors.
In my opinion, I find this holiday really interesting. For one reason, this celebration dated way back to pre-Hispanic cultures of Mesoamerica, in the region of Nahu more than 3,000 years ago. It all started after the Spaniards and it lasted for almost 5 centuries later. In the Nahu region, there are the Aztecs, Mayans, Toltecas, Tlaxcaltecs, ChiChimecs, and Tecpanec. For the Aztecs they celebrate the death of each king or ruler. They also honor or dedicate Dia de Los Muertos to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. After centuries of long celebration and unchange traditions, they don’t terror or fear death. Mictecacihuatl is the queen Mictlan. She is ruling over the afterlife and her job is to watch over the bones of the dead. Mictecacihuatl is also known as Lady of the Dead “The Indigenous believed that the souls do not die.” They believe that they continue to live in Place of Death, they call it Mitlcan.
The second reason is the way they celebrate this holiday. They build altars with their favorite food or drinks, their loved one’s picture, and the items that they loved when they were still alive. As the family visits the grave, they make sure the grave is cleaned and it is full of good items. Such as flowers, picture of the one that had passed away, and food and beverages. They also write a commemorative speech to the person that had passed away while they are at their grave. It’s like talking to them face to face. The more funnier the poem or letter the better it would be. It doesn’t only take place at the gravesite, they also build altars and put out their favorite food at the family’s house. They set out blankets and pillows...

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