It is important to my husband and I that our sons grow up not only bilingually, but also biculturally. That is why we have decided to celebrate Halloween and Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. What is Day of the Dead? It is nothing like Dawn of the Dead as my high school students guess every year. (no zombies!) In fact, Day of the Dead celebrations more closely resemble Memorial Day in the United States than Halloween. To understand this holiday you must first understand how the people of Mexico's view of death differs from the view of death in the United States. In the United States we generally fear and do not want to talk about death. In Mexico, death is not the scary part, but being forgotten after we pass away IS scary. Therefore, every year our friends and family who have died are remember and honored for two days during the celebration of Day of the Dead.
Click here for a simple list of facts about Day of the Dead provided courtesy of the Smithsonian.
If you would like more detailed information about the history and customs of Day of the Dead, click here.
If you are interested in learning more about Day of the Dead to teach your child (or just for yourself) check back each day this week. This is the planned schedule of post for the week:
Monday- General facts about Day of the Dead
Tuesday- Books that we are reading about Dead of the Dead.
Thursday- Toy post with MckLinky(not Day of the Dead related.) Click here to find out more.
Friday- Day of the Dead activities to do with your child.
Saturday- Food of Day of the Dead