Día de Los Muertos: Celebrating the Cycle of Life and Death

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Right after Hallow's Eve is the lively and colorful Día de Los Muertos, a holiday in Mexico when families and friends gather to pray and celebrate those who died, hoping that their spiritual journey goes well. Flower skulls, tasty food, colorful altars ... what a beautiful tradition it is!

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The origin of this holiday can be traced back to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl, known as "The Lady of the Dead", the Queen of the Underworld, who rules the afterlife with the god Mictlantecuhtli. the celebration spans for three days, October 31 to November 2.

The tradition is that on Oct. 31, the children make an altar for the departed youth to invite their spirits (angelitos) to come and visit. On Nov. 1, the adult spirits would come visit, and Nov. 2 is when the families to the graveyards to decorate their tombs of the relatives, associating with marigold (flowers of the dead), Muertos (bread of the dead), sugar skulls, cardboard skeletons, fruits and nuts, incense, and other traditional foods and the departed's favorite beverages, or toys for the dead children.

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At this celebration, many would paint their faces into sugar-skull make-up, mostly decorating a skull on the face with flowers and jewels. Colors include yellow (meaning spirit, hope, purity), white (sun and unity), red (blood and life), purple (mourning, suffering), and pink (happiness). For this holiday, death isn't something to be feared or be afraid of as it is the natural cycle of life.

Death is beautiful, as it is just the part of living.

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