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Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos is a holiday that pays tribute to the dead and also celebrates life. This spiritual tradition of Mexican origin consists of ancestral rituals to honor the memories of deceased loved ones. The life-affirming holiday is observed every year on November 1-2 and has become an important part of popular culture across the U.S. and beyond. To provide a more visual illustration of this holiday, I showcase the film photography of my friend Viv Delgadillo.
Throughout time, civilizations ranging from ancient Egypt, to China, to Mexico, have created ways of coming to terms with death. Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is an essential part of the Mexican identity, with its origins fusing pre-Columbian indigenous rituals and European Catholic beliefs. This holiday is neither morbid nor macabre, rather it is a celebration of remembrance that acknowledges death as a natural part of the human experience. Día de los Muertos originated in Mexican folklore tradition and aims to honor the life + memory of loved ones that have passed away. During November 1–2, family members gather to pray and pay tribute to departed family members. Day of the Dead is also meant to bring hope by providing a way to cope with our own impending mortality. Read on to find out the true meaning behind Day of the Dead (it has nothing to do with Halloween).