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Days of Significance : Day of the Dead

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Day of the Dead

The Day of the Dead also known as Dias de Los Muertos is a holiday celebrated from November 1st to 2nd originating in Mexico. This holiday's main purpose is for family and friends to gather together to pay their respects to those who have died. 

Research Articles

1. The Day of the Dead, Halloween, and the Quest for Mexican National Identity

Mexico's Day of the Dead is a version of the widespread Roman Catholic feasts of All Saints' and All Souls' Days. This article analyzes how the holiday has come to be perceived, both within and outside of Mexico, as a unique Mesoamerican legacy, hence a symbol of the nation itself.

2. Hybridity and Authenticity in US Day of the Dead Celebrations 

In the 1970s, secular Day of the Dead celebrations were initiated in the United States as a way to communicate messages of Chicano identity. As the US Latino community became more ethnically diverse in the 1980s and 1990s, new Latino populations participated in these public festivities, creating pan-Latino celebrations. 

3.Sugar, Colonialism, and Death: On the Origins of Mexico's Day of the Dead 

Mexico's most famous holiday is, without doubt, the Day of the Dead. At the end of October, large numbers of foreign visitors descend upon Mexico to witness colorful—some would say carnivalesque—ritual performances and artistic displays. 

4. Iconography in Mexico's Day of the Dead: Origins and Meaning

This article analyzes the origin and meaning of artistic representations of death-principally skulls and skeletons-in Mexico's Day of the Dead. 

5. The Day of the Dead, Halloween, and the Quest for Mexican National Identity

Mexico's Day of the Dead is a version of the widespread Roman Catholic feasts of All Saints' and All Souls' Days. This article analyzes how the holiday has come to be perceived, both within and outside of Mexico, as a unique Mesoamerican legacy, hence a symbol of the nation itself. T

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