Dia de los Muertos (synthesis)

Dia de los Muertos is the day of the dead. It is a traditionally Mexican holiday, however it is celebrated all around the world. It is a day to remember those who we have lost.  “Día de los Muertos is a day to celebrate death” (Huffington Post). It takes place on November 1st and 2nd. It is thought to be similar to Halloween, but it’s actually pretty different.  “On Halloween, death is seen as something to be feared,” on the Day of the Dead it is celebrated (Huffington Post). In my spanish class, we’re going to see a play that is put on by a spanish couple in Southeast Portland every year (Milagro). We also make sugar skulls and have a big fiesta with a lot food, much like those cultures that celebrate Dia de los Muertos. I think it’s interesting that we don’t celebrate the day here. It’s such an intriguing thing to recognize and we don’t really have a day like that in the American culture. Halloween isn’t a day to remember those we’ve lost, it was originally a day to scare away the spirits and actually originated in Britain and Ireland with the pagans (History). Dia de los muertos is actually a beautiful celebration of life and love and family. Graves are visited, food is made and eaten and time is spent with loved ones. There is nothing like that in the American culture.

Sources:

History: “Halloween.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2013.
Huffington Post: Benedetti, Ana. “5 Dia De Los Muertos Questions You Were Too Afraid To Ask.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 01 Nov. 2013. Web. 02 Dec. 2013.

Milagro: “CORRIDO CALAVERA.” CORRIDO CALAVERA. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2013.
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