Friday, November 1, 2013

Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos, Joyfully Remembering the Departed

A Rich History (© Richard Vogel/AP)

A Rich History

Dia De Los Muertos is one of Mexico's traditional holidays reuniting and honoring beloved ancestors, family and friends. It is celebrated over two days, on November 1 and 2. The roots of this celebration go back 3,000 years to pre-Hispanic cultures like the Aztecs, Mayans and Toltecas. When the Spaniards conquered Mexico, this indigenous custom was rooted so deeply that it survived centuries of European colonization.

For these ancient cultures, death wasn't something to be feared. It was as much part of life as life itself. Día de los Muertos reflects this perspective. It is a happy celebration. Death is represented in whimsical, colorful ways. There is no place for weeping for this could be interpreted as offensive by the a dead relatives who are visiting gladly.

-From MSN.COM, read more on Día de los Muertos here.

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