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The Day of the Dead

            The Day of the Dead is a holiday many Spanish speaking countries enjoy. These celebrations occur in sporadic places of the following countries: South America, Europe, and Asia. The day of the dead is also celebrated in various states of the United States, these include places such as Texas, Arizona, and California. The day of the dead is mostly celebrated in places where there is a high Hispanic population. .
             Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, originated in Mexico centuries ago. There is record of these celebrations taking place as far back as 3,000 years ago. The Day of the Dead occurs on November 1 and 2 of each year, this holiday also coincides with the Catholic holiday all Saints' Day and all Souls' Day. .
             Next, how does the Hispanic culture, and the locals celebrate this holiday? The most common ways are as followed: setting up an altar, cleaning and decorating graves, holding all-night graveside vigils, telling stories of the deceased, making and or purchasing sugar skulls and other sweets. .
             Finally, Días de los Muertos is not only a Hispanic tradition, but it is also a way for the Hispanics to remember their loved ones and those who have been deceased. Días de los Muertos is taken as a celebration because they know they are headed to a much better place.
             After doing my research I found how interesting, and unique the Day of the Dead has become and been to the Hispanic culture. These customs are always fun and entertaining to research because you their culture is much more diverse than ours. Our customs in the U.S. are those of which many follow, and also the only ones I have truly been around. Días de los Muertos was very eye opening to me. The reason I say this is because I have never really considered death a celebration. I am a believer in God and know where I will go after I die as well as my fellow believers die, but whenever I see someone close to me die I get emotionally attached.

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