Day of the Dead By Russell erickson

What is the difference between Halloween and Dia de los Muertos?

The Day of the Dead celebrations may coincide with Halloween and seem similar because both celebrations involve costumes, skeletons and treats as well as graveyards and death imagery.

The Day of the Dead holiday, referred to in Spanish as Dia de los Muertos due to its South American origin, is about celebrating the dead, not being afraid of the dead.

It’s a holiday for people to honor their ancestors and loved ones who have passed away and invite those spirits back into their homes to be part of the family once more. It’s a celebration of family and a show of respect for those who have passed away.

The practice of celebrating the dead goes back thousands of years in South American cultures.

In the Aztec culture the celebration of the dead was in August and went on for a month.

In general though it would go from midnight on Halloween to midnight on November 2nd.

Perhaps the most popular part of the holiday is people turning themselves into skeletons using elaborate makeup and masks.

These looks are based partly on the decorated sugar skulls that are left on altars as offerings to the spirits and as well as to Catrina.

Families tend graves and leave offerings, plant flowers and trees, wear the clothes of their deceased relatives, and build altars in their homes to honor their loved ones.

The skeletal appearance highlighted with flowers, bright colors and artwork is a striking image that has now become an icon of the Day of the Dead

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