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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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