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Day of the Dead is an occasion to pray for these departed people in purgatory.Many Mexicans also trace their celebrations back to ancient Mesoamerican cultures.Celebrations can sometimes take a humorous tone, particularly if the deceased relative was known to enjoy humor.Poems can be read and public morality plays are sometimes performed.Parents of deceased children commonly leave offerings of toys on the Day of the Innocents.Small offerings of alcohol are sometimes left for adults.The Aztec, in particular, would celebrate their dead for the entire month of August.
Both days taken together are collectively referred to as the Day of the Dead, and celebrations can begin as early as Halloween (Oct. In recent years, the tradition has spread into North America, particularly into communities with large Mexican and Latin American populations.Day of the Dead or Dia de los Muertos is a series of commemorative days dedicated to those who have died. This is a solemn occasion, with few actual festivities. 2, and coincides with the Catholic holy days of All Saints (Nov. Families often come together over this period and preparations can be made during the entire year leading up to the Day of the Dead.Private altars are built as focal points for small, private religious observances.Small parties, or wakes, can be held in conjunction with the holidays.