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Symbols during Day of the Dead!!!
Water - Fountain of life and used to quench the thirst of the dead.
Salt - In Pre-Columbian México salt was called tlaxcal and it symbolized fraternity and love for one another. Since the evangelization, salt has come to symbolize purification of the soul by Christ.
Candles - Lit to light the path for the dead. Symbol of faith and hope.
Symbols during Day of the Dead
Kopal Incense - Sacred offering to the Gods "food for the Gods."
Flowers - Symbol of love and friendship.
White flowers for children symbolize their purity. The yellow and orange cempascuchil (sem-pah-soo'-cheel) or marigold flowers are symbolic of the preciousness and gift of life.
Symbols during Day of the Dead!!!!!
Dog - In Mesoamérica, figurines representing the hairless dog were used to help the dead cross the waters on the path to the underworld. Dog's also symbolize loyalty.
Petate - The woven floor mat is placed at the foot of the altar/ofrenda so that the spirits may rest after their long journey. In ancient México, the dead were rolled in a petate in preparation for cremation; this practice continues in present day México for the very poor who can not afford a casket.
The word ofrenda means offering in Spanish.
They are not for worshiping
Set up to remember and honor the memory of their ancestors.
Before setting an altar, they thoroughly clean their house.
The ofrenda is set on a table, covered with a fine tablecloth, preferably white
Then the papel picado , cut tissue paper, is set over the cloth.
Several levels can be set on the ofrendas . Generally on the top level the images of the Saints and the Crucifix are set.
Next they set out their dead relatives favorite food in hopes that they will come back and enjoy a good meal.
American view of death vs Mexican view of death
Los Dias de los Muertos is not a sad time, but instead a time of remembering and rejoicing.
In America, we mourn for our deceased relatives and it is a sad time for us.
In Mexico they have a designated holiday for rejoicing over loved ones in USA we do not.
Halloween vs The Day of the Dead
Halloween and Day of the Dead in much similar because people dress up as ghouls, ghosts, mummies and skeletons, and parade through the town carrying an open coffin.
Much similar to Halloween gifts are Day of the Dead gifts and decorations.
In Mexico it is a culture which believes in a vibrant afterlife and remembers the departed ones with joy!