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Day of the Dead is celebrated on October 31st through November 2nd. It is a holiday that the Mexicans celebrate to honor their loved ones that are no longer with them. Day of the Dead is nothing like a funeral even though it may sound like one. It is actually a very festive and colorful tradition. Mexicans go and visit cemeteries, decorate graves, and also decorate altars in their homes to welcome the spirits. They decorate the altar with special foods that their loved ones enjoyed. They also decorate it with sugar skulls usually with their name printed at the top. They also put special break that is made especially for this season. The break gives a special smell to the altar. They decorate the graves thinking the spirits will return. In some villages they lay flower petals in paths from the cemeteries to their homes, so the spirits can find their way. Some communities spend the whole night having parties, dancing, eating, talking, and playing music through the night. Day of the Dea is important to the Mexicans because it's celebrating their loved ones that can no longer be seen.
Written by: Madison B., grade 5 student
Posted: Nov 18, 2014 by Rachel Clarke