Los Días De Los Muertos

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Los Días De Los Muertos, or the Days of the Dead, are two days that are celebrated in central and southern Mexico. The Days of the Dead are November 1st and 2nd. The holiday is the melding of indigenous traditions with the Catholic celebrations of All Soul’s Day and All Saint’s Day that the Spanish brought when they colonized Mexico. People that celebrate this tradition believe that on October 31st the gates of heaven are opened at midnight and all the spirits of the deceased children are allowed to reunite with families for 24 hours on November 1st. The souls of the adults are said to come down to earth the following day, November 2nd. The celebration includes the creation of beautiful altars, known as ofrendas in Spanish. These alters are decorated with candles, flowers, fruit, stacks of tortillas, and a special type of bread, known as pan de muerto. Oftentimes, people will celebrate the festivities of the second day of Los Días De Los Muertos (November 2nd) in the actual cemeteries. Many people choose to clean tombs, play cards, listen to the village band and reminisce about their loved ones during this time.

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