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Pastiche Family Portal HomeEl Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead is a festival of reunion between dead relatives and their living family members - a celebration of life. The Day of the Dead is a happy time of fiesta, much like the celebrations of Cinco de Mayo (5th of May).

El Dia de los Muertos occurs just after Halloween, on November 1 (All Saints Day) and November 2 (All Souls Day).

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Pastiche Family Portal HomeEl Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead

Generally, November 1 is the day of remembrance for little angels (angelitos) - infants and children - deceased adults are honored on November 2.

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Day of the Dead festivities take place every year throughout Mexico and in many regions of the USA, but the celebration dates back many centuries.

The ancient indigenous peoples of Mexico (Purepecha, Nahua, Totonac and Otomí) believed that the souls of the dead returned each year to visit with their still-living relatives to celebrate with food, drink and festivities at a family reunion.

Families prepare shrines and altars in honor of the departed.

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They place offerings of food such as bread (sometimes baked in a skull shape or figure or decorated with bone-like shapes), votive candles, sweets - including skulls made of sugar - incense, yellow marigolds (zempasuchil), and a photo of the departed soul on a small decorated altar.

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Day of the Dead celebrations include creating an altar plus a day spent at the cemetary, cleaning and decorating family graves and decorating the plot or crypt with elaborate papel picado and party garlands, votive candles and skeletons in festive colorful clothing posed in merrymaking scenes and displays.

Often music and fireworks are part of the evening entertainment, and families spend the entire night camped out in the cemetary, celebrating the dear departed.

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