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Día De Los Muertos: Day of The Dead

By: Whitney Lundy

On this infographic, I will be talking about the day of the dead, what day's it's about, the food eaten on this day, its symbolism, the activities.

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Dates

  The day of the dead occurs on November 1 and November 2, on the same day as the similar Roman Catholic celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.    It has been celebrated by Mesoamerican civilizations for at least 3,000 years. The day of the dead fell on the ninth month of the Aztec Solar Calendar, near the start of August, and was celebrated for the entire month. Festivities were presided over by the goddess Mictecacihuatl, known as the "Lady of the Dead".

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Food

They eat Pan de muerto or bread of the dead, it is an eggy, brioche-like bread, often topped with sugar. It is sometimes round with a skull and crossbones in dough on top, or shaped like a skull.     Another common food eatan on the day of the dead is Tamales. Tamales appear as an example of the living's willingness to go to great and laborious lengths to honor the dead. Tamales are simple things, in terms of ingredients, but require a great deal of labor to put together.

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Symbolisim

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People create altars to honor dead loved ones. Offerings include items such as: candles, water, marigolds, and many foods, drinks, and photos of the deceased

Marigolds are an important Day of the Dead symbol. They are a symbol of death, referred to as the "flower of the dead."

Papel picado is a popular Day of the Dead decoration. It refers to colorful tissue paper that is cut with elaborate designs that depict the holiday spirit.

Activities

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Family's often visit the gravesite, clean any debris and decorate the graves of loved ones. Flowers and the favorite foods of the deceased are placed on the grave and the family visits, eats and tells favorite stories about those who have passed.

Many set up altars in their homes and often communities host a variety of events. Altars are usually decorated with flowers, candles, pan de muerto, ceramic skulls, and most importantly pictures of loved ones.

Almost every year of the Dí de Los muertos, my mom and I remember my great grandmother, GG. We go to The Nelson Atkins museum and celebrate with the public by cutting out the tissue paper and decorating sugar skulls for her. We also leave a picture of her sitting with my grandmother, my mother, and me in remembrance  of her.

Celebrating Family

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