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Días de Los Muertos

Es tradición hacer altares para los seres queridos y dejarles ofrendas para que “crucen” o encuentren el camino a casa.

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Días de Los Muertos

Durante el fin de octubre y los dos primeros dias de noivembre en Mexico y otros pasises latinos se celebra una festividad conocida como Día de Muertos.

Esta celebración se lleva realizando desde hace miles de años y es para celebrar a los seres queridos fallecidos y recordarlos. Por lo general, las celebraciones son coloridas y alegres.

También suelen realizar desfiles, fiestas y cantos y bailes.

Es tradición hacer altares para los seres queridos y dejarles ofrendas para que “crucen” o encuentren el camino a casa. Estos altares suelen estar decorados con calaveras de colores, velas y fotografías de seres queridos.

En México, decoran las calles con papel picado y cada año organizan un gran desfile que dura dos días seguidos.

Además, estos dos días tienen significados diferentes, el primer día suele ser conocido para los niños también como el día de los inocentes, y el segundo día suele ser conocido por todos. En nuestra escuela, también celebramos el Día de Muertos haciendo un altar en la biblioteca de nuestra escuela las clases de español de la Maestra Auza y Profesora Fernandes. 

Además, a lo largo de los años, esta celebración no solo ha llegado a la escuela, sino también a las principales compañías cinematográficas, por ejemplo, en los últimos años Disney hizo una película llamada “Coco” que muestra la importancia de esta celebración (recomiendo encarecidamente verla). Es importante que mantengamos esta celebración para las generaciones venideras y también para enseñar a otros sobre esta importante celebración.


Day of the Dead

During the end of October and the first two days of November in Mexico and other Latin American countries, a holiday known as the Day of the Dead is celebrated.

This celebration has been held for thousands of years and celebrates deceased loved ones and honors them. Celebrations are usually colorful and joyful.

Countries usually host parties, parades, songs, and dances.

It is tradition to make altars for loved ones and leave offerings for them to “cross over” or find their way home. These altars are usually decorated with colorful skulls, candles, and photographs of loved ones.

In Mexico, they decorate the streets with papel picado (colorful flags) and every year they organize a great parade that lasts two days in a row.

Furthermore, these two days have different meanings, the first-day honors children and saints and is known as the Day of the Innocent. The second day usually honors everyone who has passed. At our school, we also celebrate the Day of the Dead by making an altar in our school library decorated by a Spanish teacher, Anaylei Azua.

Over the years, this celebration not has only reached the schools, but also major movie film companies.

For example, in recent years ( 2017) Disney made a movie called “Coco” that displays the importance of keeping this tradition alive and the culture behind this celebration (“I highly recommend it”). It is important that we maintain this celebration for generations to come and also to teach others about this important celebration.

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Kiara Leon
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Kiara is a senior at Arcata High School and part of the first-ever section in Spanish of the Pepperbox. Kiara plans to pass the Seal of Biliteracy earlier this year. She grew up speaking Spanish. She is a part of the LatinX Club. Throughout the years, Kiara grew up watching dramatic Spanish TV shows that helped her develop a thing for drama.
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