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Day of the Dead

By Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum

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Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a day of celebration for the people of Latin America, particularly in Mexico and Central America, and more recently for Mexican Americans. Rather than grieve over the loss of a beloved family or friend, they choose to commemorate the lives of the dearly departed and welcome the return of their spirits. The history of Day of the Dead is embedded with Pre-Hispanic and Spanish customs. These customs shaped the common elements of traditional Mexican Dia de los Muertos. Today, Day of the Dead has been increasingly popular with Latinos in the United States. Though many of the traditional elements have remained how and where Day of the Dead is celebrated has changed.

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Day of the Dead

The voice overs seem very stereotypical. This is not necessary. It would be useful to show how the form of the altar can change and does not always require three levels. Also could represent activity to gather other family members for a meal to honor the ancestors as well as activity that can take place at the cemetery.

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