In Riviera Nayarit Mexico, there is a holiday for the dead called “Dia de los Muertos” or Day of the Dead, which is held every year in the month of November. The first day of November is the day we celebrate those who died as children (Day of the Little Angels/All Saint’s Day), and the second day of November is for the adults (All Souls’ Day).
Families make altars in honor of a family member. Often times, public institutions like schools, universities and government offices create altars in honor of important public figures who have outstanding character or have dedicated their life to benefitting society.
We also make small rhyming verses, a sort of joke to the deceased.
The main elements that must not be missed are the water, earth and salt. The altars are constructed in three or seven levels. On one side, an article of clothing from the deceased is placed and in the center…
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Written by Lic. Jesus Carranza Diaz