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Origin Of Holidays

Day Of The Dead (Dia De Los Muertos)

In Mexico on November 1st and 2nd (All Souls Day/All Saints Day), they celebrate the Day of the Dead. Much like the origins of the holiday Halloween, they believed the spirits of the dead would rise on these days to go back and visit their families and friends. This was a time of celebration and reunion.

The first day of the celebration was in remembrance of the children who died. At the graveyard of the children, family members would decorate their area with toys and balloons adorning.

The second day, adults who have died are honored with their favorite food and drinks and personal effects. Candles are placed by the grave to guide them back safely to the other side..

It is not as ghoulish as it may seem. The celebration of death does not mean the living is glad they are no longer in this world. In that culture, death is just a part of life where you are actually living on the other side. In order to keep in touch with those no longer in this world, they keep the relationship alive knowing that one day they, too, will part and see them again.

Then again, Mexico is not the only culture that celebrates the memory at death. Most cultures do. Only in Europe and most of North America do people only associate death with sadness, even the ones that believe in an afterlife.