de los Muertos
Day of the Dead
"More than 500 years ago, when the Spanish
Conquistadors landed in what is now Mexico, they encountered natives
practicing a ritual that seemed to mock death. It was a ritual the indigenous people had been
practicing at least 3,000 years. A ritual the Spaniards would try
unsuccessfully to eradicate. A ritual known today as Día de los Muertos,
or Day of the Dead."
de los Muertos / Day of the Dead
A three thousand year old ritual, Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead
is celebrated in Mexico and some portions of the lower United States.
The holiday is also celebrated in Brazil and the Philippines. It has its
roots in Aztec and Mesoamerican tradition.