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What does the Day of the Dead really represent? Gratitude holiday

What represents the day of the dead

The passage to the afterlife has been a controversial issue for all time.

Some say they don't care what happens after vital signs disappear while others eagerly search for answers to help clear up their questions.

Many people in their eagerness to reconnect with their loved ones have exhausted the maximum of resources that allow them to communicate with the deceased, without even having a scientific explanation that makes it possible to satisfy this desire.

Since pre-Hispanic times in our continent spirits and death have been worshiped, with this practice arising various dates and ceremonies to commemorate those who are no longer among us and the deities who led their passage to a better place.

November 2, day of veneration

On November 2, Mexico and part of Latin America celebrate the Day of the Dead, a holiday conceived to honor ancestors.

The Day of the Dead can sometimes last up to a week.

The celebration that was originally born in Mexico has spread to other regions of the world due to transculturation and migrations that have occurred since ancient times.

Holiday that aims to spiritually reunite the whole family

The Day of the Dead coincides with the Catholic celebrations of the Day of the All Souls and All Saints.

On this date, the Mexican people pay special tribute to the souls of their loved ones and to Santa Muerte, a deity who is in charge of leading the spirits to their final destination and later guides them back during the festivities in which their presence is summoned. on earth.

La Catrina is the iconic image of the Day of the Dead, representation that is placed on all altars to pay homage to death.

This holiday aims to:

  • Gather the whole family spiritually, so that the souls of those who are no longer physically can come home and feel the love of their loved ones once again.

The Day of the Dead is a date to thank and unify the family

All Saints' Day is related to the feast of the Day of the Dead due to the transculturation process that took place during the conquest and colonization of Mexico.

On this day the houses, streets and pantheons become colorful, families worship their dead from home or directly in cemeteries, sharing meals, candles and Cempasúchil flowers with them.

Each object placed on the altars is a sign of love for the spirits, this date serves to unify families, being able to appreciate how lucky everyone who owns one is.

If you want to reconnect with your ancestors, do not forget to place their photos on your altar.

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