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  • Writer's pictureChristina Hammoud

Day Of The Dead Tradition

Every year, my family and I come together to celebrate the Day of the Dead, a beautiful Mexican tradition that honors our deceased loved ones. This celebration, known as "Día de los Muertos," is a time for us to remember and celebrate the lives of those who have passed away, and it holds a special place in our hearts.

One of the most exciting parts of our Day of the Dead celebration is getting dressed up. We take great care in choosing our outfits and doing our traditional Mexican face painting. The intricate designs of the sugar skulls, with vibrant colors and elaborate patterns, are a joy to create and wear. Each stroke of paint is a tribute to the spirits we are honoring, and it brings a sense of connection and reverence to the festivities.

We also love participating in the various activities around town. The community comes alive with parades, music, and dancing. The streets are filled with people dressed in beautiful costumes, and the air is filled with the sounds of traditional Mexican music. It’s a festive atmosphere that brings everyone together to celebrate life and remember those who have passed on. We enjoy visiting the local markets, where we can find traditional Day of the Dead items like sugar skulls, marigolds, and pan de muerto (a special bread made for the occasion).

At the heart of our celebration is the altar, or "ofrenda," that we set up for our deceased loved ones. This altar is a labor of love, adorned with photos, candles, marigolds, and offerings of their favorite snacks or dishes, along with a glass of water to quench their thirst. Each item placed on the altar has deep significance. The marigolds, with their bright orange petals, are believed to guide the spirits back to the world of the living. The candles represent the light that illuminates their way. The food and drinks are there to nourish them after their long journey.

As we gather around the altar, we share stories and memories of our loved ones. We laugh, we cry, and we feel their presence with us. It’s a time of reflection and connection, where the veil between the living and the dead feels thin. We remember the joy they brought into our lives and the impact they had on us. It’s a beautiful way to keep their memory alive and honor their legacy.

Our celebration has an added touch of magic thanks to the Disney movie Coco. This heartwarming film beautifully captures the essence of the Day of the Dead, and it has become a staple in our celebration. We watch it together as a family, singing along to the songs and feeling a deeper connection to the traditions and values it portrays. Coco reminds us of the importance of family, memory, and the belief that our loved ones are always with us.

The Day of the Dead is more than just a tradition; it’s a celebration of life and death, of love and memory. It’s a time for us to come together as a family, to honor our ancestors, and to celebrate the continuity of life. This tradition is a cherished part of our heritage, and it’s something we look forward to every year.

If you’ve never experienced the Day of the Dead, I encourage you to learn more about it and perhaps even take part in the celebration. It’s a beautiful way to honor those who have passed and to celebrate the richness of life. For us, it’s a reminder that love transcends death and that our loved ones are always with us, in spirit and in memory.


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