I want to explain the history and the origins of the Day of the Dead. The day of the dead is a celebration in Mexico. This celebration does honour the ancestors that are dead. The 2nd November is the official day to celebrate the Day of the Dead, but people usually celebrate this day between the 1st and 2nd November.
On the Day of the Dead, the celebration has to be cheerful because the days of “Todos los Santos” and “Todas las Almas” (Spanish version) are nearby. For this reason, people don’t want to be scared by the evil ghost, so the day is very cheerful. This is a celebration similar to Halloween but with more respect for the dead people.
Now I will explain the origins of the Day of the Dead. The Day of the Dead began in the time of the indigenous, Aztecas, Mayas, Purepechas, Nahuas and Totoncas. In that time, people usually keep the skull of the person who has died. The skull was a trophy and it was shown in the rituals. They symbolized the death and the rebirth.
Now people don’t keep the skull of the person who has died. Normally, people buy a “false skull” made of pottery. When is the day of the dead, people leave the “false skull” in a tomb of the person who was died.
This is a little video that shows how people celebrate this festival.
Noemí S. G.
3rd ESO B