Often overshadowed by Halloween (October 31) and All Saints Day (November 1), All Souls Day is a solemn feast in the Roman Catholic Church commemorating all of those who have died and now are in Purgatory being cleansed of their venial sins and atoning before entering fully into Heaven.
Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 2 throughout Mexico and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. In 2008, the tradition was inscribed in the United Nations Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
It is an ancient indigenous celebration and some sources say that prior to Spanish colonization it was celebrated at the beginning of the summer. I have not been able to substantiate this claim and welcome your comments and insights.
Whatever its origins, it is a BIG thing throughout Mexico, Central America, many parts of the United States, and communities around the world. Tom O’Connors of International Business Times provides us with a photo tour.
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