The Day Of The Dead Essay

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There are a lot of festivities which are very interesting. The Day of The Dead is one of them. This day is celebrated throughout Latin America, but most particularly in Mexico. The Day of The Dead is also celebrated in parts of the United States where Latino populations live. In Mexico people celebrate the holiday in its first day on October 31st as Halloween is ending, and lasts until November 2nd. People celebrate in their household for three days creating altar with offerings to the dead. There are a lot of elements to create the altars, like photographs, personal mementos, paper cutouts, candles, saint statues or crucifixes, incense/copal, marigolds, food and drink. People usually visit the gravesites of the deceased and decorate the tombstones with flowers and offerings. They believed that the spirits of the deceased return from the spirit world to partake in the pleasures they once enjoyed in life. Bread of the dead and sugar skulls are also an important issue during the holiday.
When I was a child, one of our traditions during this holiday was to ask for our calaverita. We used to go out on streets and asked adults for it and if we were lucky they gave us money. In order to do this activity, we used a shoe box and carved some holes on it with a knife. We tried to carve a skull-shape face on one side of the box and on the top of it a hole for the coins. Inside the box we put a candle to make it appear scarier at night. I realize now that we did almost as Americans do with pumpkins. We used to have a lot of fun and with the money that we collected we bought candy....

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