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THE DAY OF THE DEAD
 

Days of Remembrance
El Día de los Muertos begins on October 31, All Hallows' Eve. Meant to be a time to remember the dead as well as to honor the continuity of life, the community celebrations are social and festive. Families clean and decorate their relatives' graves and eat picnic meals in the graveyard. They sing songs and reminisce about the deceased. Los Angelitos ("little angels") return on this day. On November 1, All Saints' Day, adult spirits return, drawn by the ofrendas (altars with offerings), which serve as thresholds between this world and the next.
Day of the Dead Procession - Burke Museum Photo
The celebrations... represent the remembrance of loved ones. The commemoration and offerings of these days remind people that death is illusive, that life is eternal, and the presence, however intangible, of a departed loved one, is everlasting.

Through the Eyes of the Soul,
Mary Andrade

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