"Dia De Los Muertos" History?

we just pre-celebrated Day of the Dead in Spanish class. It's called "Dia De Los Muertos."
Our teacher explained a little what you celebrate but since she talk all the time in spanish sometimes is hard to understand her.
What is "Dia de los muertos" and why it is celebrated? Can you tell me a little bit about the day's history?

asked by Frank in Holidays | 1806 views | 11-01-2009 at 09:00 PM

Dia de los Muertos "Day of the Dead"

It is the Mexican equivalent of Halloween.

History
November first begins the Dia de los Muertos (also known as "Day of the Dead") festivities with All Saints Day in which the deceased children are honored and remembered. November second All Souls Day is for the remembrance of the adult dead. Dia de los Muertos combines these days to celebrate the the deceased and enjoy their memories. Dia de los Muertos is not at all scary, spooky or somber. The spirits of the deceased are thought to pay a visit to their families during Dia de los Muertos and the families prepare an altar for them.

The Altar
Before Dia de los Muertos, an area of the house is cleaned up and the furniture removed to make room for the altar. The altar consists at a minimum of a covered table, and usually a few crates or boxes are added to it and covered to create open shelves and other raised display areas. The coverings used can vary from plain to vibrantly colored oil cloth. The altar is then set up with the appropriate ofrendas (offerings) for Dia de los Muertos.

answered by Caitleen | 11-01-2009 at 09:03 PM

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