It's Coming! Everything You Should Know About "Day of the Dead"!

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El Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is an annual Mexican festivals that celebrates the dead and 'welcomes' them back to earth.

El día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is mostly thought as a Mexican version of Halloween but it's not.

These two festivals differ from each other in terms of traditions and tone. While Halloween is more scary and a dark night of terror, Day of the Dead is an explosion of color and vivacious festival.

The theme of the Day of the Death is obviously death but the main point is to show love and respect for deceased family members.

People come together, do special makeup and wear colorful costumes. Parties and parades are hold and everyone start to sing and dance with each other. They make offerings to lost loved ones.

El Día de los Muertos is traditionally celebrated on November 2 apart from Halloween

But it usually begins on the evening of Oct. 3, and the day before November 2 is dedicated to remembering dead children.

Day of the Dead is older than Halloween, its origins back as far as 3,000 years.

Historians think its origins back ancient Mesoamerican festivals dedicated to the goddess of the Underworld, Mictecacihuatl.

In pre-Hispanic cultures, death is a natural phase and death people are still part of the community.

They kept alive in memory and spirit. During Day of the Dead, they temporarily returned to Earth.

The main part of the Day of the Dead decorations is the altars or more accurately “offerings”.

These altars are not for worship but every part of them symbolize something related to dead ancestor/family member.

It can be sound scary but spending a night in the cemetery is commonplace.

People make picnics next to a dead family member's grave and they tell stories, listen to music.

Failing to celebrate can be dangerous.

There is a common thought that if the dead family members return home and find that there is no suitable altar for them, they can get revenge.

In n 2008, UNESCO added Dia de los Muertos to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

So it's not only for Mexicans, it's officially a big deal.

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