Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead is a holiday primarily celebrated by the citizens of Mexico, but with the Hispanic Population in the United States, it's also celebrated here. Day of the Dead, also known as Dia de los Muertos, is celebrated in the United States from October 31 to November 2. Day of the Dead follows many traditions. One such tradition is the building of altars, called ofrendas

Other traditions include honoring the dead with their favorite beverages and foods, as well as flowers like the Aztec Marigold. Then the participants visit the grave and leave these things as gifts. Sometimes, possessions of the deceased are left there as well. This yearly celebration is meant to welcome the dead for the three days that they are back in this realm. 

During the three day celebration, families will clean and decorate the graves of the deceased. The graves are decorated with marigolds, which are sometimes referred to as Flor de Muerto, or flower of the dead. The flowers are thought to attract the souls of the dead. Altars and small shrines are also created in the house, with candles and bread placed to attract the dead.

Overall, this is a festival to celebrate the dead, and honor their deceased loved ones. These three days are when the dead come home to rest, and the families welcome them. This is a holiday that recognizes that death happens, but serves to remind them of their lost loved ones.

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