Story behind Day of the Dead

JAZIEL AMAYA, Staff writer

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In Mexico, Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is the day where families come together to give tribute to dead relatives and other special people.

This tradition is also practiced  in others parts of Latin America. This tradition includes a party with many cheerful colors and comes from the heritage of the indigenous culture of Latin America. Mexicans observe the Day of the Dead to celebrate life and death.

El Dia de Los Muertos comes from  the  Mayan and Aztec rituals from 3000 years ago. How is it celebrated? Nov. 1 is where the souls of the children return and Nov. 2 celebrates the souls of adults. For those two days, family members offer  gifts and things to a dead relative as part of the rituals.

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In Mexico, traditional foods include sweet bread called pan de muerto and sugar skulls you to give away as a present with the  names of the person who passed away. Another gift is a poem of funny dead characters.

“In Mexico, my family celebrate with offerings, dances, and family time,” sophomore Cassandra Olea said.

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Story behind Day of the Dead