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  1. 1. Día de los Muertos
  2. 2. ????? <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Los Dias de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, is a traditional Mexican holiday honouring the dead. Los Dias de los Muertos is not a sad time, but instead a time of remembering and rejoicing. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>When is it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is celebrated every year at the same time as Halloween and the Christian holy days of All Saints Day and All Souls Day (November 1st and 2nd). It was originally celebrated for 2 months. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Where is it celebrated? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It is celebrated in Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, and other areas in Central and South America populated with the Latino ethnic background. The Day of the Dead is also celebrated in areas of the United States, such as California, Texas, and many others, in which the Mexican/American heritage exists. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Traditions- Altars <ul><li>In homes families arrange ofrendas or altars with flowers, bread, fruit and sweets. Pictures of deceased family members are added. In the evening special all night burning candles are lit - it is time to remember the departed (parents and grandparents). </li></ul><ul><li>Altars usually include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A picture of the one being  remembered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Items they were fond of </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Something to snack on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Candles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flowers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gifts </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Traditions: Food <ul><li>Pan de los Muertos </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Special loaves of bread are baked, called pan de muertos , and decorated with &quot;bones. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Traditions: Flowers <ul><li>During los Dias de los Muertos the yellow marigold symbolizes the short duration of life. </li></ul><ul><li>Other flowers commonly seen during this celebration include the white amaryllis, wild orchids, baby's breath and ruby coxcombs. These are used to decorate the altars and entice the spirits of the dead to return. </li></ul><ul><li>Wreaths made of flowers, both real and plastic, are often placed on grave sites. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Traditions: Papel Picado <ul><li>Papel Picado is a traditional art used to decorate homes, businesses, markets and altars in preparation for the Day of the Dead. </li></ul><ul><li>The thin tissue paper images are usually cut in large quantities and hung in repetitious patterns – they usually depict skeletons dressed in their best clothes, even brides and grooms </li></ul>
  7. 7. Traditions: Skeletons <ul><li>Skeletons and skulls are found everywhere. Chocolate skulls and skeletons and marzipan coffins. </li></ul><ul><li>Handmade skeleton figures, called c alacas , are especially popular. Calacas usually show an active and joyful afterlife. Figures of musicians, generals on horseback, even skeletal brides, in their white bridal gowns marching down the aisles with their boney grooms. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Links <ul><li>Día de los Muertos: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>short video clips about Day of the Dead </li></ul></ul>