The Day of the Dead in Mexico Origin-Traced back to Aztec, Maya, P'urhépecha, Nahua, and Totonac.-For almost 3000 years these civilizations have been observed celebrating the lives of their ancestors.-Before the Spanish conquistadors invaded, the indigenous people would often keep skulls as “trophies” which symbolized death and rebirth. What does it mean?-Combination of Halloween on October 31 st , November 1 st which is All Saints’ Day and November 2 nd which is All Souls’ Day-Most prominently celebrated in Mexico where it is a national holiday.-Celebration is in honor of Catrina, who is the lady of the dead.-The main emphasis is to celebrate and honor the lives of the deceased and celebrate the continuation of life.-The belief is not that death is the end, but rather is the beginning of a new stage in life. How the Mexicans do it-Between October 31 and November 2 families decorate and clean the graves of the
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