Traditional altar for Day of the Dead celebration featuring cloud-like clusters of baby’s breath. Photo by Eneas de Troya.

The Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos takes place on November 1st and 2nd. Known as All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, Día de los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human experience. It is seen as a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a contributing member of the community. On Día de los Muertos, the dead are also a part of the community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with their loved ones. In Mexico where it is celebrated, the dead are still considered members of the community, kept alive in memory and spirit. During Día de los Muertos, they temporarily  return to Earth. During these days of remembrance, people visit cemeteries, pray, and bless the graves of their dearly departed.

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