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Tuesday November 1, 2011

Celebrate “Día De los Muertos” Throughout Latin America

Celebrate “Día De los Muertos” Throughout Latin America

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Celebrate With us “Dia de los Muertos,” the Latin American holiday that starts on “All Saints Day” (November 1st) and ends after “All Souls Day” (November 2nd).

Traditionally, “Dia de los Muertos” is the time of year when Mexicans and Latin Americans pay tribute to those who passed during the year; private altars are built, filled with the favorite foods of the departed, as well as mementos that evoke their memory.

In Brazil’s, Dia de Finados public holiday, Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches.

The holiday brings festivals and parades every year to many Spain provinces, and at the end of the day, people go to cemeteries and churches with flowers, candles, and prayer. The celebration is intended to be positive to celebrate those who are deceased.

Celebrations of the Day of the Dead in Guatemala include the construction and flying of giant kites.

In Ecuador, the Day of the Dead is observed to some extent by all parts of society, though it is especially important to the indigenous Kichwa peoples who make up an estimated quarter of the population. The indigenous people’s traditions attached to the holiday have permeated across sections of society and include visiting cemeteries after a feast of colada morada (a purple beverage made with Andean blackberries and purple maize) and guagua de pan, a bread shaped like a small person, and stuffed with guava paste.

Dia de los ˜Natitas (“Day of the Skulls”) is a festival celebrated in La Paz, Bolivia, on November 9. In pre-Columbian times, indigenous Bolivian tribes had a tradition of sharing a day with the bones of their ancestors on the third year after burial; traditionally, the skull of one or more family members are kept at home to watch over the family and protect them during the year. On November 9, the family crowns the skull with fresh flowers, and makes various offerings of cigarettes, coca leaves, food, and various other items to thank the skull for the protection it provides.

Check out the pictures below for a deeper insight on this celebration across Latin America!