Customs vary throughout Mexico Most celebrations include: Decoration

Customs vary throughout Mexico Most celebrations include:  Decoration

Customs vary throughout Mexico Most celebrations include:

Decoration and family gathering at cemetery Special foods

Ofrendas (offerings) on altars Religious rites and prayers

Often there are fireworks! In many

regions, November 1 is dedicated

to the remembrance of deceased

infants and children

Adults are honored November 2

In mid-October markets begin displaying items needed for Dia de los Muertos including:

Skeletons (toys, figurines, sweets) Papel Picado

Floral wreaths and crosses Candles Fresh flowers

-cempazuchiles (marigolds) -barro de obispo (cockscomb) Sugar or chocolate skulls and

coffins Pan de muerto (bread of the dead)

Calacas

Skeletons are often shown in everyday activities which depict a dead persons profession or interests. The calacas are often placed on altars. This shows the

spirit that he has not been forgotten. Papel Picado

Floral wreaths and crosses

Velas (Candles) Fresh

Flowers Pan de Muertos

Sugar Skulls

Children are given sugar skulls with their names written on the forehead!

Altars in the home

*Altars have decorations: papel picado, candles, flowers, photographs of the departed, candy skulls with the name of the deceased *Altars have foods and drinks: bottles of beer or tequila, cups of atole (a sweet drink made of milk, sugar,

and corn starch) or coffee, pop (many families will sacrifice to purchase a favorite brand!) and fresh water, as well as platters of rice, beans, chicken or meat in mole sauce, candied pumpkin or sweet potatoes, fruits and breads.

Spirits return homethere they find many goodies they enjoyed while living

A wash basin and clean towel are placed on the altar for the spirit to freshen up after a long journey

Favorite foods and drinks Favorite cigarettes or cigars Toys and candy for spirits of deceased

children Atole de leche

Mole (pronounced mole-ay)

Bebidas (drinks) Tamales

The altar An area of the home is

cleared of furnishings Floors and walls are washed

A table is covered with clean sheets, a blanket, or tablecloth

Incense is usually burned Many candles are lit

Family members clean tombs and gravestones Pull weeds Tombs are painted and repaired if needed

Graves are decorated with flower crosses, wreaths, or floral arrangements

This young boy has returned from

the market with flowers for the

cemetery Procession to the cemetery

The army band participates in a local parade

Many towns have parades including processions on

horseback A group of msicos entertains at

the cemetery En el cementerio

Family members gather at the cemetery. They bring picnics and mariachi bands may play favorite songs.

Local restaurants set up food stands. An outdoor church service is usually held.

Customs Around the World In the USA, most people avoid talking about death

Many other cultures around the world have rituals for remembering loved ones.

Many other cultures have similar rituals involving the lighting of lamps or candles and laying

out food and drinks Even ancient Egyptians had similar traditions or

remembering loved ones Images and information taken

from www.mexconnect.com and www.azcentral.com

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