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1 Honoring the Ancestors: An Hispanic Tradition
Los Días de los Muertos Honoring the Ancestors: An Hispanic Tradition

2 Los Días de los Muertos Celebration honoring deceased ancestors
Celebrated from October 31st to November 2nd Mixture of Hispanic Christian and ancient Native American traditions Similar to, yet very different from, Halloween

3 History of Día de los Muertos
European Catholic traditions honored All Saints’ Day – November 1st and All Souls’ Day - November 2nd In Ancient native American traditions the end of harvest & autumn signaled a time for reflection & winter dormancy

4 Halloween vs Día de los Muertos
Spooky & Scary Ghosts & Goblins Costumes & Masks Trick or Treat Candy Reverent & Respectful Altars & Flowers Photographs Favorite Foods / Drinks

5 The Latins honor the ancestors….
……by celebrating their lives Who were they in their life? What did they like to do, to eat, to drink? Sing? Dance? What did they love? What made them laugh? How would they like to be remembered?

6 How is it celebrated? Home is cleaned & prepared for these very special guests Ofrenda is constructed Cemetery tombstone is cleaned & decorated Food , flowers and drink are purchased and displayed along with photos and favorite items

7 (whimsical skeletons)
Vocabulario COMIDA FAVORITA (favorite food) VELAS (candles) COPAL (Incense) BEBIDAS (drinks) CALACAS (skeletons) OFRENDAS (offerings) FOTOS (photographs) PAPEL PICADO (tissue paper) FLORES (flowers) PAN de los MUERTOS (bread of the dead) El CEMENTARIO (the cemetery) DULCES (sweets) CALAVERAS (whimsical skeletons) MOLE (chocolaty sauce) MÁSCARAS (masks) AGUA (water) MUÑECAS (dolls) COSAS FAVORITAS (favorite things) ADORNOS (decorations) MUSICA (music)

8 La Ofrenda Fresh fruit Favorite foods Incense Flowers Illumination
                                                                                       Fresh fruit Favorite foods Incense Flowers Illumination Familiar tokens Photographs... all add to the sensation

9 La Ofrenda Las velas Los dulces Las bebidas La comida Las frutas
El agua Las flores El sal El pan de los muertos La calavera El altar

10 Las Calaveras de Azucar

11 El Panteon                                                                                       

12 En el Mercado Las calaveras El pan de muertos La flores Las frutas
Las velas El copal

13 En el Cementario La familia y Los parientes Las velas Las flores
La música Toda la noche

14 En el Cementario All the family members join in preparing for the
vigil in the cemetery

15 La Calavera                                                                                                                    

16 Las Calacas Whimsical figurines
                                                                         Whimsical figurines Depicting people as they once were in life Joking, laughing, being “human” Happy, everyday scenes

17 Una Ofrenda                                                                                                                    

18 What have you learned? How is Day of the Dead different from Halloween? How do you honor your ancestors? How would you remember a family member or friend who has died?

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