El Dias de los Muertos November 1 & 2 How It is Celebrated Today, History & Origins
Where do we come from?
Why dose life end?
Is there “life” after death?
If so, what kind of “life”?
Can we do something while alive to enjoy “life” after death?
To Mexicans, death was considered the passage to a new life, so the dead were buried with many of their personal Objects, which they would need in the hereafter! How do you view death?
An important Mexican holiday.
Europe s ’ All Saints Day ’ and the Aztec worship of the dead contribute to these two days that honor Mexico’s dead.
This is a very special ritual, since it is the day in which the livings remember their departed relatives
In mid-October markets begin displaying items needed for Dias de los Muertos including: Skeletons Pan de Muertos (bread of the dead) Sugar or chocolate skulls and coffins Papal Pica do Floral wreaths and crosses Candles Fresh flowers
To honor and welcome them, offerings are prepared.
Gravesites are tended and decorated. Gravesites are cleaned and decorated.
THE ALTAR… An area of the home is cleared of furnishings Floors and walls are washed A table is covered with clean sheets, a blanket, or tablecloth Incense is usually burned Many candles are lit
Alters are erected and the departed loved ones favorite foods and drink are brought to the grave site where a celebration is held.
Customs vary throughout Mexico Most celebrations include: Decoration and family gathering at cemetery
After the celebration, the family returns home and the dead return to their graves