Different cultures have distinct ways of observing those who have died. Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is one such celebration that commemorates those who have already passed on. The popularity of this holiday is evident by the numerous nations and millions of people who partake in it.
When the Holiday Takes Place
Dia de los Muertos is an annual tradition that begins the day after Halloween. So each November 1, the Day of the Dead festivals begin and continue through November 2. Many centuries ago, though, Dia de los Muertos took place during the summer. It was only a few hundred years ago that celebrations were moved to the fall. However, the longstanding appeal of this holiday attests to its importance in the cultures that observe it.
Who Celebrates It
The Day of the Dead originated on the American continent. In fact, its roots trace back to the Aztec civilization. With the colonization of the continent, though, Dia de los Muertos grew in popularity among both Mexican and Spanish cultures. Now, it is a highly regarded holiday in many countries in Central America, South America, and Europe. Many North American communities also celebrate this holiday.
What the Holiday Signifies
The passing of a loved one may initially trigger sadness for the life lost. Yet Dia de los Muertos aims to focus on the lives of those who have departed rather than their deaths. Many of the festivities for the Day of the Dead center on life’s greatest enjoyments, such as eating and dancing, as a way to respectfully commemorate those who have passed. By encouraging this type of revelry, Dia de los Muertos can also bring comfort to those who have experienced the loss of a loved one.
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