Mini Essay #1 (2).pdf - Professor Ramirez-Oropeza Chicana/o Studies 113 6 October 2019 Mini Essay#1 ​The Skeleton at the Feast The Day of the Dead in

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Professor Ramirez-Oropeza Chicana/o Studies 113 6 October 2019 Mini Essay #1: The Skeleton at the Feast: The Day of the Dead in Mexico The Day of the Dead celebration is among one of the most important and largely celebrated rituals in all of Mexico. People come together to honor their dearly beloved ancestors whom have passed away. Death is somewhat of a taboo subject in most countries, where people refuse to talk about the inevitable event in fear that it will happen sooner as opposed to later for these people. In Mexico, death is embraced and celebrated among the people. While it may be called the Day of the Dead, the celebration actually consists of multiple days where families will come together and remember their past family. Families set up and give offerings of food and goods to these departed loved ones in hopes that they will come celebrate with the living. I found it very interesting how much thought and planning goes into these offerings. The article claims
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Unformatted text preview: that people will collect items throughout the year for the ofrenda. Also, the period preceding Todos Santos is an essential time for people to collect goods. Large street markets are filled with flowers, pastries, and dishes for these ofrendas. Likewise, a popular tradition that has arisen in Mexico is a competition among the people to produce the greatest ofrenda. Within the civic buildings of large Mexican cities, people will come from all over to display their grandiose ofrendas for all to see. Judges will then decide which display is the best and prizes will be given accordingly. I believe these displays and competitions have to do with the fact that tourism around the Day of the Dead ritual has become so prominent in Mexico. For most traditional families, the celebration is very intimate and personal for the family. However, tourism has lead this tradition to become more publicized within Mexican cities....
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