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As long as 3,000 years ago, indigenous cultures would celebrate the death of their ancestors through rituals, which included displaying skulls and trophies, as a way to symbolize death and rebirth. These ancient rituals are known today as Day of the Dead. On the Aztec calendar, ritual celebrations would last for a month, beginning in August, and the celebrations were dedicated to the Aztec goddess Mictecacihuatl, AKA Lady of the Dead.
In Aztec mythology, Mictecacihuatl watched over the bones of the dead and presided over the ancient celebrations of the dead, and today she is said to preside over the modern day Day of the Dead, although today “La Calavera Catrina” (“The Elegant Skull”) is used as a female symbol for Day of the Dead. This fashionable skeleton symbol represents an upper class woman and the idea that no matter how elegant or rich someone may be, everyone is susceptible to death.
Today’s Day of the Dead celebrations occur on the 1st and 2nd of November, when family and friends gather to honor and pray for family members and friends who have died. In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is a national holiday and coincides with All Saints’ Day on the 1st of November and All Souls’ Day on the 2nd of November. Day of the Dead activities include making the favorite beverages and foods of family and friends who have died, making artistic, colorful skulls from sugar, and using the marigold flower in celebrations. The Mexican marigold, AKA Aztec marigold and flor de muertos (flower of the dead), is often planted in cemeteries. Family and friends who are living visit the graves of the departed and construct alters with these items, which are represented as gifts.
And Day of the Dead, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day are not just celebrated in Mexico. They’re also celebrated and recognized in the United States, Latin America, Europe, The Philippines, Asia and many other countries.
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