In their decorations, the skull or skeleton is often used. They are often made to be grinning or to be doing things like drinking, eating, and even riding horses. The skeleton is turned into a mocking of death itself, and is a symbol of celebration of passing into the next life.
One depiction of Mexican holidays shaping the city of Los Angeles into a Latino city can be seen in the Mexican holiday El Dia del Los Muertos. For instance, Mexicans believe in the concept of death not being the end of a person’s life as Paz
We always make an altar on Dia de Los Muertos. We also eat tamales and champurrado on Christmas Eve and go to las posadas. We also eat la rosca and hope we don't get the baby Jesus. These traditions have made up my life. I am grateful to be apart of an ethnicity that is so enriched with culture and beauty. Being Hispanic also means being hard working. Throughout my life I have been surrounded by hardworking people who have worked hard in order to achieve their goals. Both of my parents are a great example of this. My parents have worked hard in order to give my sisters and I a decent life. Both my parents have showed me that although it might be challenging, we shouldn’t give up.
Mexican culture celebrates their independence with a holiday and fireworks on Cinco de Mayo. The American ritual for independence is celebrated on July 4th also with a holiday and fireworks. Another ritual that is participated in annually by both Mexican and American cultures is the celebration of Christmas. Gift giving is a common ritual during the Christmas season. There are also some very unique rituals specific to each culture. For starters, one the most distinctive rituals in all of the World takes place in the Mexican culture, Dia de Los Muertos. Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration with masks like skulls and dancing honoring late ancestors. Another ritual specific to the Mexican culture is the holiday recognizing the Lady of the Guadalupe. The ritual feast remembers the sightings of her near present day Mexico City. American culture also contains some unique rituals. A very patriotic ritual takes place in the grade school class everyday; it is called the Pledge of Allegiance. This ritual instills patriotic values as well as teaching loyalty to thy nation. Thanksgiving is another example of a ritual not in Mexican culture that is in American culture.
As a little girl, I learned a lot about my Mexican heritage. I even joined my parents in their dance group and still involved in it today. Over the years it’s been so fun, and it helped me learn a lot about different Mexican counties. Who would've thought that I would learn so much just by dancing. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s the truth. Also being a little girl I learned about “Day Of The Dead” which in Spanish is called “dia de los muertos” which is a two day celebration. The day’s in which this takes place is September 1 and 2nd. September 1st we honor the children and September 2nd we honor the adults. When I was little I never fully understood why we celebrated people deaths. I always thought when someone dies we show our respects and grief about it, but throwing a whole
Mexico and Latin America celebrate “El Día de la Raza.” They celebrate this day in remembrance of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas. This day and month celebrates many nationalities of people having a common beginning, tradition, or language in the history of Mexico, Central America, and South America. Besides this throughout the month hispanics and latinos celebrate Hispanic Heritage through festivities, music, dancing, and food their Independence of their countries. Unlike us, we Americans celebrate our Independence day a little differently, like having cook outs, fire works, socializing, meeting up with friends and family, listening to music,and having fun. But overall it's the same idea like music, socializing, and eating
Dias de los Muertos is a Mexican Holiday that honors and celebrates friends and family who have passed away. The celebration originated nearly 3,000 years ago when the Spaniards arrived in Central Mexico and viewed a similar ritual being celebrated by the Aztecs. Through the years Dias de los Muertos has evolved and flourished beyond Mexico, and now it is even celebrated in certain regions of the United States, Guatemala, Brazil, and Spain. Every November 1 (All Saints’ Day) and November 2 (All Souls’ Day), the celebration takes place. On the first, which is called Dia de los Inocentes (Day of Innocents), children who have died are honored and their graves are decorated with toys, sweets, white orchids and baby's breath. On the second, which is called Dia de los Muertos, the adults are honored and their graves are decorated with bright orange marigolds, the Mexican flower of death. During the celebration, family members go to the gravesites and clean and decorate their loved one’s grave with beautiful flowers, food, drink, and a photo
The camera pans into a city with brightly colored banners. Two skeletons pop up dancing, dressed vibrantly. The title “Dia de los Muertos” fades in from the back to the foreground. Balloons carry the picture to another scene where we see a young girl kneeling near a headstone. The girl sets a sugar skull down near a picture of her mother. As she starts to cry, a flower wraps around her wrist and rips her under the ground where there is dust whirling around.
All over the world there are many features that make up a culture. Culture can be defined as the characteristics, attitudes, knowledge and beliefs of a group of people, relating to language, cuisine, religion, interaction, lifestyle, and more which is learned through socialization. These aspects of cultures are what distinguishes it from others. It is interesting to explore and learn about new cultures. I will be focusing on the Mexican culture, their religion, death, family life, weddings and ….
Nochebuena is celebrated by a traditional dinner with family and friends occurring after Christmas Mass. It is common tradition to begin this meal with a seafood dish followed by a bowl of homemade soup. This meal is traditionally followed by eating a desert of turron, which is a type of almond candy. Navidad is celebrated by attending church, and having feasts. A unique Spanish tradition is that there are special swing sets put up especially for Navidad. Children commonly swing on these for hours at a time
The bulge of skulls as a Day of the Asleep amount harkens aback to the canicule of the Aztecs. Aback then, skulls were important icons that illustrated their acceptance in the actuality of an animate afterlife. In Mexican culture, skulls abide to betoken afterlife and
In the Latino death rituals are influenced by their catholic beliefs. They have a continuing relationship with the dead through prayer and visits to the grave. Grief can be expressed by crying. Women are allowed to wail while men are not to a lot of emotion. Death for Mexicans in Mexico has more understanding of death because the country is religious, real, poor, and young. Death is shown by statues, art, literature, and history portray death. Mexican children start at an early age to accept death. Mexicans and Latinos celebrate “Dia de los Muertos (day of the dead) to remember and honor the dead Lobar, Youngblut, & Brooten, 2006, p. xx-a)
However, the artist used Christian meaning in symbols to celebrate their religion. Such symbols were a piece of garland meant victory over death, a tendril was the Eucharist, a nude figure is Christmas, a peacock is immortality, and a flying bird is a soul flying to heaven.