The Day of the Dead or El Dia de los Muertos may sound macabre or appear morbid to many Americans, but in Mexico, it is a festive time when families remember loved ones now gone and also a way to celebrate the continuation of life. It has complex historical roots dating back to pre Hispanic times.
Celebrations of today coincide with All Souls Day on the liturgical calendar and Halloween on the folk calendar. However, the original celebration can be traced to native traditions of the Aztecs. In the Aztec calendar, this tradition took place near the end of the Gregorian month of July and early August. Spanish priests later moved the observance to coincide with the Christian holiday of All Hallows Eve or Dia de Todos Santos. Thus, Mexicans now celebrate the Day of the Dead during the
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