Day of the Dead- Dia de Los Muertos

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These are lovely videos. Just a few minutes long, but they incorporate the many elements of the Day of the Dead celebration and also capture the love and joy associated with the holiday.

National Geographic- What is Day of the Dead: 2:07

A Brief Explainer- Dia de los Muertos/ Day of the Dead: 0:56

Flavor and Tradition: 3:41

Traditions in Mexico: 5:44

The Book of Life- 5 Traditions of Day of the Dead 1:35

Muy Bueno- Day of the Dead Celebration 4:35

Dia de los Muertos- A Brief Overview 5:08

Day of the Dead -Dia de los Muertos is a holiday when family and friends gather to celebrate their family and friends that have died. The day is celebrated on October 31st through November 2. Unlike Halloween, the Day of the Dead is a happy celebration to remember the positive things about your dead loved ones.

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What is Day of the Dead?

Day of the Dead – or Día de los Muertos – is a very old Mexican tradition in which people take the time to remember their loved ones who have died. It is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. It is not morbid nor does it glorify the macabre. Instead, this beautiful holiday gives people the opportunity to celebrate the lives of their friends and family who have passed away. For this reason, Day of the Dead is both special and important.

It’s also an opportunity to help children learn about the grieving process and how we can move beyond it to that bittersweet place of remembering people we’ve lost without sadness. This is a crucial developmental skill that children must learn and unfortunately, here in the United States, it is not one that is taught.

How it is celebrated

In Mexico, it has been traditionally celebrated in the rural areas – or countryside, towns, and villages – by indigenous people. Indigenous means those people who have lived there a very long time. Each of the towns or regions may celebrate the day in a slightly different way. For example, some towns may celebrate the day by going to the cemetery and preparing a feast at the gravesite of a relative on the eve of Nov. 2. And the custom of building a display may differ from one state to another. Some of the native people in Mexico believe that the souls of their family and friends first gather at major