Dia de Los Muertos

965 Words Jun 17th, 2005 4 Pages
I am going to tell you about a famous, yet kinda eerie celebration that takes place in mexico. This is a tradition celebrated by the Mexican Natives, most Mexican Americans (including myself) don 't even acknowledge this day, unless they happen to be visiting mexico at the time of this event.
Foreigners have more trouble understanding Dia de Los Muertos than any of Mexico 's other celebrations. At first glance, they see Day of the Dead decorations which are colored paper garlands, little skeletons performing daily tasks and sugar skulls inscribed with names, which remind them of Halloween. Other tourists discover that much like Memorial or Remembrance Day in the US, families here visit, clean and decorate graves of loved ones for the
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There is a lot said about the crazy parades of dia de los muertos, but the cemeteries are a lot more spectacular. Flowers, candy, bread and drinks adorn the tombs and thousands of candles cast an eerie glow on the families and friends mourning and celebrating their lost loved ones.
This is the place the souls of the dead revisit the land of the living and partake in the offerings given to them by their family and friends.
Although Dia de Los Muertos looks a lot like Halloween in the states, the Mexicans take it very seriously. To give you a better idea of how Mexicans view death I found a quote by World Renowned writer Octavio Paz, he stated "undaunted by death, the Mexican has no qualms about getting up close and personal with death, noting that he "...chases after it, mocks it, courts it, hugs it, sleeps with it; it is his favorite plaything and his most lasting love." As you can see from the pictures you saw today and from the celebration 's I told you about, Death 's "bad" side seems to be buried somewhere under music and remembrances, while skeletons laugh and dance and sing as Mexico celebrates life and