Dia De Los Muertos Informative Speech Outline

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I. Attention getting device: When most people think of how to honor the dead, right away they think of mourning but the indigenous people of Mexico had a different idea. Instead of mourning, they think of honoring the dead as a celebration with dancing, food, and reminiscing. The name of this celebration is called Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead in English.
II. Relevance to the audience: Everyone has had a loved one or someone they know pass away and have gone to the cemetery to honor their death, which is why Dia de los Muertos is celebrated in all parts of the world.
III. Speaker credibility: My family and I are one of the many families around the world who get together on November 2 and celebrate Dia de los
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B. Some of the other decorations are also used to symbolize other things.
i. The site tells us the marigolds specifically are a symbol of death and are referred to as “the flower of the dead”. ii. The sweet bread called pan de muerto some people eat on this day symbolizes the souls of the departed. iii. The site mentioned earlier also tells us that skulls are used to symbolize death and rebirth.
I. Signal ending: As I bring my speech to a close, I want to remind you that going to the cemetery is not the only way you can honor the loved ones who have passed away.
II. Summary of points: I hope that I have opened your eyes to the celebration of Dia de los Muertos by informing you about the history and why it is sometimes referred to as “a tradition that refuses to die”, how it is celebrated around the world, and the symbolism involved in the celebration.
III. Vivid ending: I encourage you to celebrate Dia de los Muertos on November 2 and create your own altar at home.


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