Dia de los Muertos
Start writing a post

Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los Muertos: A celebration of Death!

Dia de los Muertos

Dia De Los Muertos!

Day of the Death is personally one of my favorite Mexican festivities of the year. Contrary to the American version known as “Halloween”, the Mexican tradition serves to celebrate the lives of those who no longer coexist with us. Dia de muertos is so much more than just going out dressed up as some of our favorite celebrities, T.V characters or some other types of fictional creatures, Dia de los Muertos connects us spiritually to those who were once a very important presence in our lives. Like I said before Day of the Death or Dia de los Muertos is a tradition that is mostly embrace by the Mexican community, so for that matter is not really celebrated in the United States.

To be more detailed and descriptive about this tradition I will give you some fun facts of this special Mexican tradition. This tradition has been around now for many years and it serves as a way to honor our dead’s, it is believed that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and spirits of all the deceased children are allowed to come back to earth and be with their families for only a couple of hours. On November 2, is the turn of the spirits of the adults who come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them, or more precisely to enjoy the ofrendas.

Ofrendas are very common in this tradition, ofrendas are offerings that families make to receive their love ones. It is believed that when the spirits come back to earth they often look for food. There are certain things that an ofrenda must have, for example, your loved ones favorite dishes, favorite beverages, bread, tons of colorful decorations, traditional sweets etc. It is very important to have in mind that as the celebration is taking place one cannot consume anything that is placed in the offerings. As for the deceased children, something that has become very popular on Dia de los Muertos are the sugar skulls, they serve not only as a decoration and a delicious treat, but also as a way to get the attention of all of the children’s spirits. Day of the Death also serves as a reminder to celebrate death as it is not the end of your existence, but instead is just a spiritual transition to a different dimension.

Dia de los Muertos is a beautiful celebration that looks beyond the popular custom of banal and material need such as Halloween.The difference of Halloween and Dia de Muertos is that one does not perceive this day to be frightening, instead as a day to connect to those who are gone.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lots of people sat on the cinema wearing 3D glasses

Ever wonder what your friend meant when they started babbling about you taking their stapler? Or how whenever you ask your friend for a favor they respond with "As You Wish?" Are you looking for new and creative ways to insult your friends?

Well, look no further. Here is a list of 70 of the most quotable movies of all time. Here you will find answers to your questions along with a multitude of other things such as; new insults for your friends, interesting characters, fantastic story lines, and of course quotes to log into your mind for future use.

Keep Reading...Show less
New Year Resolutions

It's 2024! You drank champagne, you wore funny glasses, and you watched the ball drop as you sang the night away with your best friends and family. What comes next you may ask? Sadly you will have to return to the real world full of work and school and paying bills. "Ah! But I have my New Year's Resolutions!"- you may say. But most of them are 100% complete cliches that you won't hold on to. Here is a list of those things you hear all around the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

The Ultimate Birthday: Unveiling the Perfect Day to Celebrate!

Let's be real, the day your birthday falls on could really make or break it.

​different color birthday candles on a cake
Blacksburg Children's Museum

You heard it here first: birthdays in college are some of the best days of your four years. For one day annually, you get to forget about your identity as a stressed, broke, and overworked student, and take the time to celebrate. You can throw your responsibilities for a day, use your one skip in that class you hate, receive kind cards and gifts from loved ones and just enjoy yourself.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments