Day of the Dead

Remembering those who passed on

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Day of the Dead skull

Giorgette Ruiz, Staff Writer

The festive, vibrant colors complement the black and white of the skulls. The beautiful candles lit around the memorable picture frames. Families gathered all around reminiscing the memories of their loved ones. It is a beautiful day. A day where you honor those who are gone, but not forgotten. A day of remembrance. A Day of the Dead. 

Dia de Los Muertos originated in Mexico in the 16th century and is a Latin American custom that is brought by Spanish conquistadors that combine indigenous Aztec ritual with Catholicism. It is celebrated on November 1 and ends on November 2.

As depicted in movies, such as Book of Life and Coco, Day of the Dead is believed to be one of the days where you honor those who have passed on and celebrate the memories you have shared with them. Traditional celebrations are more common in Mexico, as families would join in on festivals of dancing and singing, or staying at home with their families and gathering around their ofrenda, a vigil surrounded by sacrifices and candles around picture frames showing their loved ones. It is believed to be used as a beacon,  so their spirits may come back on those nights to be surrounded by their families. 

“My aunt and uncle made an ofrenda in the entrance of their house and put my grandpa on it,” junior Kadence Griffin said. “It is a way for us to celebrate his life. I cry as I miss him.”

 

Kadence Ofrenda with her grandpa represented

It is a beautiful custom that is very important to Mexican culture, and as you see it being celebrated all around, the message of love and remembrance is surely not looked down upon.

 

Cited Sources:

National Geographic Society. “Dia De Los Muertos.” National Geographic Society, 9 Nov. 2012, www.nationalgeographic.org/media/dia-de-los-muertos/.