Saturday, October 25, 2014

El Dia de los Muertos

El Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead!  Here’s an American blogging from Germany about a Mexican cultural tradition.  With Halloween right before, I decided to honor this holiday that is so worldly celebrated, however, not much is known about it.  Many of the children in our schools have created beautiful art work about it too!   El Dia de Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday that focuses on families and friends gathering to pray for and remember those loved ones who have died. Traditions connected with the holiday include: building private altars to honor the deceased, making their favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.

A common symbol of the holiday is the skull, which is also known in Spanish as a calavera. Sugar skulls are gifts that can be given to both to the living and the dead. Other holiday foods include “Pan de Muerto”, a sweet egg bread made in many shapes from round shapes to skulls, often decorated with white frosting to look like twisted bones.
 The celebration of All Saints Day and All Souls Day is celebrated in many countries and cultures around the world, each with its unique traditions. How does your country celebrate it?



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