El Dia de los Muertos is not the Mexican version of Halloween. The holiday has been celebrated in Mexico since the year 1800 B.C. In the Mexican culture, this holiday is neither scary nor morbid. It is a time of celebration and remembrance. It is a mixture of the Catholic Christian ritual and folk culture.
El Dia de los Muertos honors those whom have passed. It is a welcomed opportunity to reflect upon one's life, heritage, ancestry and the meaning of one's existence. Altars or ofrendas are a way to show honor, love and remembrance to those whom have departed.
In Mexico, neighbors gather in local cemeteries to share food, music, and fun with their extended community, both living and departed. The celebration acknowledges that we still have a relationship with our ancestors and loved ones that have passed away.
Many superstitions have been added over the years, but for the most part, this ancient holiday is as it always was - a time of remembrance and love. So, don't be afraid of the Day of the Dead. This is a happy holiday.
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Feliz Día de los Muertos