What is the Day of the Dead Festival? History, Facts, and Celebration

Every year, on November 1 and 2, something unique takes place in many areas of Mexico there is a Day of the Dead Festival! In ancient times, the Mexicans believed that the souls of the dead return each year to visit with their living relatives. They come to eat, drink, and merry, just like they did when they were living!

First, the graves and altars are prepared by the entire family, whose members bring the dead person’s favorite food and drink. Candles are lit, incense is burned prayers and chants for the dead are said. Food and drinks are then served.

The next day, adults who have died are honored with displays of their favorite food and drinks, as well as ornamentals and personal belongings. Flowers particularly a special type of marigold, and candles are placed on the graves and are supposed to guide the spirits home to their Loved ones. Even music is provided to guide the returning spirits, and bands play typical Mexican music in the graveyards.

Recommended Video: ‘Day of the Dead’ Festival by National Geographic

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