We found that many countries do not celebrate Halloween in the same way that we do in America. The majority of the celebrations are based on All Saint's Day or All Soul's Day and focus more on celebrating their loved ones who have passed away.
An example of this is el día de los muertos, a tradition widely celebrated by the Mexican population. El día de los muertos is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. The purpose of the celebration is to honor and remember loved ones that have died. There are many symbols and activities associated with these days but we only focused on a few. Many families create ofrendas (altars) to welcome the souls of the departed that are returning to visit their loved ones. These ofrendas often contain food, pictures, flowers, and more. One famous food that is made for the departed is sugar skulls.
Today we stepped into the Mexican culture and created sugar skulls while remembering our loved ones that have passed away. The decorations on the sugar skulls represent those likes and interests of the departed.
We also took the time to compare and contrast our Halloween celebrations with the celebrations during el día de los muertos. Here are the results!
|Here is a snapshot of Google from today! These are a papeles picados, another piece that you would find on the altars made for loved ones. Even Google is sharing cultural awareness with the world!|