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Post by Dragon Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:03 am

The Day of the Dead - known as Dia de los Muertos - is a special holiday celebrated at the beginning of November. This tradition that originated in Mexico is a time when families come together to celebrate and remember their ancestors and their loved ones who have passed away.

In the days leading up to the holiday, families create beautiful altars, called ofrendas, in their homes. Family members take time to add pictures of their loved ones who are remembered with gifts of flowers, candles and the person’s favourite foods and drinks when they were alive.

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Post by Dragon Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:05 am

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The Day of the Dead is celebrated in many Mexican communities in North America as well. In Oakland, California they have an annual Dia de los Muertos festival with traditional Aztec dancers, Mexican music and crafts. Missoula, Montana has a parade with skeletal celebrants on stilts while Boston, Massachusetts has an annual festival in Forest Hill Cemetery celebrating the life cycle with music and dance.

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Post by Dragon Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:07 am

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One of the most iconic and colourful items you will see during the Day of the Dead festivities is the sugar skull, or calavera. These skulls, which can come in different sizes, are made of sugar and are decorated with icing to be fun and colourful, and taste like candy. Some even have feathers, glitter, hats, or other objects attached to make them more personal.

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Post by Dragon Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:10 am

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You might think that the sugar skulls are scary, but unlike the skulls you see at Halloween, these are happy, colourful and smiling. The skulls are meant to capture the joy and reflect the happy memories associated with lost loved ones. People will also paint their faces to look like a sugar skull to celebrate the holiday.

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Post by Cloud9 Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:28 pm

Wow, those sugar skulls are soooooo beautiful

I love the whole idea of dedicating one day to passed loved ones. It's one thing to remember someone on a birthday or anniversary but I can see how doing it as a community can really help with grieving. Wha a nice way to remember them with their favourite music, foods, drinks, candles and the rest. Nice.

Dragon wrote:but unlike the skulls you see at Halloween, these are happy, colourful and smiling. The skulls are meant to capture the joy and reflect the happy memories associated with lost loved ones

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Post by Cloud9 Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:32 pm

Good point made about remembering happy memories. Although we know there were many they are so easily clouded over with more recent memories that are upsetting. It's nice to reflect on the happy ones...... as you remember one, more will follow..... sitting here thinking of some now. Like you said a while back, it's not about time measured (age) it's about the quality of the time they did have in that short space. I agree 100% cupid yourock



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Post by Guest Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:20 am

Day of the dead is a great holiday

People paint their faces too.
Here are some examples.

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Day of the Dead and the Sugar Skull Mikeyhat-1

Day of the Dead and the Sugar Skull Dia-day-muertos-dead

Day of the Dead and the Sugar Skull F1-mexican-gp-2017-day-of-the-dead-face-paint

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Post by Dragon Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:56 am

Great pics Mario!!

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