Dia de Los Muertos {Culture}

Black Rosary

What is Dia de Los Muertos?

 Orginally, Dia de Los Muertos was a celebration where the Indigenous populations mocked death. The Spaniards tried unsuccessfully to eradicate this celebration. Instead this day  became a hybrid of indigenous beliefs and Catholic theology which resulted in the addition of this day to the Catholic calender (although it is not an official Holy Day). Specifically, it falls in conjunction with All Soul’s Day and All Saint’s Day (which are Holy Days of Obligation).

All Saint’s Day begins on Novemeber 1st. Unfortunately, this celebration has been muted by the grandeur commonly associated with the Big Day of Sugar Skulls. It  should be known that this day is just as important Dia de Los Muertos (All Soul’s Day). In many Spanish speaking countries, it is commonly called  Dia de los Angelitos.

 All Saint’s Day is meant to celebrate the loss and life of children, infants, martyrs, and Saints. On this day and the one following it, prayers are given to show favor for those still trapped in Purgatory, prayers for those who are in Heaven, and prayers for those left behind.

November 2nd is All Soul’s Day  also known as   Dia de Los Muertos. This is the day to remember your loved ones, to acknowledge and celebrate their accomplishments, their life, and their memories.

Dia de Los Muertos is not Halloween.

It is a separate entity all by itself. It is a celebration entrenched in religious belief whether Catholic or Indigenous. It is important to understand that this day is meant for celebration. It is not  meant to be morbid.

Rather, it is a celebration of life and love.

Dia de Los Muertos is a way to celebrate our past while moving forward to our future.Together, we can mock death and live our lives knowing that we will never be forgotten.

This is part one is a series about Dia de Los Muertos.


13 thoughts on “Dia de Los Muertos {Culture}

  1. My Uncle passed away almost a month ago and his memorial is this weekend. This was very timely for me :) TFS! #sscnet

  2. I was raised Catholic and we always celebrated Nov. 2, All Soul’s Day. Thanks for reminding me of how precious that day is.

    1. It really is, isn’t it. It makes me a little sad but happy that I can remember so fondly the ones who have left us.

  3. One of my fave days!!! Love your words. #SSCnet

  4. I will remember! Thank you for sharing. #sscnet

  5. That’s a beautiful cross(rosary? looks like a rosary- but I cant see it all so I am not really sure).

    1. Yes, it is a rosary. I love black and red.

  6. Thanks for sharing this info. The piece in the pic is beautiful as well.

  7. Beautiful cultural Celebration! I did a paper on this wonderful tradition back in college, many have misconceptions about it, thanks for sharing and enlightening!

  8. Very interesting! Thank you for sharing this!

  9. Thanks for sharing this, very informative info:)

  10. Thank you for sharing this with all of us. The growing popularity of Dia de Los Muertos icons makes it difficult for people to differentiate between culture and pop culture. I’m sure this will help clarify for people who are fuzzy on the differences.

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