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Re: Days of the Dead

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Nancy Walkup (walkup)
Thu, 19 Aug 1999 09:03:08 -0500


The Days of the Dead/Los Dias de los Muertos have nothing to do with Halloween. November 1, All Saints' Day, and November 2, All Souls' Day, are the most important holidays of the year in Mexico, especially in rural areas. It is a joyful time of remembrance, reunion, and feasting, as families gather together to honor their loved ones who have died. Los Dias de los
Muertos is not somber, morbid, or macabre.

In the United States, misconceptions sometimes arise about the Days of the Dead because of differing cultural attitudes about death, misinterpretation of the meaning of symbolic objects such as altars, skeletons, and skulls, and the concurrent dates of the celebration with Halloween. If you would like to know more about the Days of the Dead, please visit our website at: