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What is the Day of the Dead?


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The origins of Dia de los Muertos date back more than four thousand years to the Meso-American civilizations of what is now Mexico and Central America. What we now term “the Day of the Dead” is a fusion of those Meso-American beliefs with the Catholic beliefs of the invading Spaniards. The basic form -- the celebration of the beloved dead -- remains intact to this day.

Dia de los Muertos is celebrated each year on November 01 and 02, which correspond to the Catholic feast days of All Saints' Day (November 01) and All Souls' Day (November 02). This festival honours Death himself. Skull and skeleton imagery is everywhere, from masks to pastries sold from vendors amidst the revelry. All festivities however must end before the midnight mass, after which all return home.

Read along if you would like to learn more about the fascinating traditions of the Mexican Day of the Dead.

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