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The Meaning Of "Día De Los Muertos" In Central Oregon

We want to share with you a celebration that is very significant to our culture in Mexico... And even though these tradition days have passed, here's a bit of context of this festivity

The Day of the Dead (In Spanish: Día de Muertos or Día de los Muertos) is a celebration traditionally ocurring on November & , though other days, such as October 31 or November 6, may be included depending on the locality in the World

It largely ocurred in Mexico, where it is mostly observed, but also in other places of the World, certaintly by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere.

Although related to the simultaneous Christian remembrances for "Hallowtide", it has a much less solemn tone and is portrayed as a holiday of joyful celebration rather than mourning. The multi-day holiday involves friends and family gathering to pay respects and to remember friends and family members who have died.

These celebrations can take a humorous tone, as celebrants remember funny events and anecdotes about the departed.

Traditions connected with the holiday include honoring the deceased using calaveras and marigold flowers known as "Cempazúchitl", building home altars called ofrendas with the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these items as presents for the deceased.

The tradition is not solely focused on the dead, as it is also common to give gifts to friends such as candy sugar skulls, to share traditional Pan De Muerto with family and friends, and to write light-hearted and often irreverent verses in the form of mock epitaphs dedicated to living friends and acquaintances, a literary form known as "Calaveras Literarias".

Have you heard of this tradition before?

If not... Then now you know

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