This special Holiday is celebrated on November 2nd in México and in some countries in South América.
How did the Holiday start?
Like the memory of a loved one that never fades, Dia de los Muertos also survives. It may change and evolve but it never vanishes!!!! The Spaniards learned about it when they arrived in México in the 16th Century. They viewed the ritual which was started by the Aztecs some 3,000 years ago as sacrilegious.
Why Ofrendas and Altares?
Altars are usually decorated with flowers, candles, pan de muerto (bread made specifically for this day), ceramic skulls, and most importantly pictures of the loved ones. Food placed on the altars consists of the loved ones favorite dishes and treats. Drinks should be placed on the altars to quench the thirst of the dead after their long journey back home.
Why Marigold Flowers?
It is believed that the spirits of the dead visit the living during the celebration. Marigolds guide them to their altars using their vibrant colors and scents.
Sra. Marlene Calderin
LAL Spanish Teacher