Día de los Muertos, which is well-known as Day of the Dead, is a Mexican tradition that stems from Meso-American societies and was heavily influenced during the Spanish Conquest of Mexico in the XIV Century. During Día de los Muertos families create ofrendas (offerings) for loved ones who have passed. The Hispanic community commemorates the Day of the Dead with a celebration that remembers and honors the departed by creating altars decorated with crafts, food and symbolic decorations. In some parts of the United States, Day of the Dead is quite popular too. Celebrations include wearing masks, carrying signs honoring the dead and building alters to remember those who have passed.
The holiday is celebrated during the first two days of November in connection with Catholic holidays, and All Souls’ Day. Typically, November 1 is dedicated to children who have passed on and November 2, to adults. Día de los Muertos is observed in various forms throughout the American Continent and is an important pillar of Mexican, Latino and Chicano culture in the United States (La Raza Galeria Posada). “This event is a special one for me,” said Amy Valdes Schwemm, the Tucson resident. “In two days, it will be the anniversary of the death of the grandmother that taught me about molé. She’s been gone for about 10 years. She’s my inspiration.”Read also
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