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Flowers for the Souls | by Ilhuicamina

El Día de los Muertos, El Dia de Muertos, Dias de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead; celebrated November 1st and 2nd as the living joyously receive back the souls of departed loved ones for just a short time. It is a celebration of life, this triumph over death, and also a reminder that death is the great equalizer - it comes to both poor and rich alike. | HaldeCraft — Day of the Dead Mugs

Those lovely sugar skulls are representative of the souls of the departed. | 12 Facts About El Día De Muertos That Show Just How Special It Is

i'd like a marigold on my chin: the flower most associated with dia de los muertos in mexico is the marigold, or cempazúchitl which is known as the flower of the dead. in aztec belief the marigold was sacred to mictlantecuhtli, the god of the dead. the souls of departed family and friends return to earth on the day of the dead, and the strong scent of marigold helps to guide them back.

The Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), recently declared by UNESCO as an “oral and intangible cultural heritage of humanity,” is one of Mexico’s most cherished traditions. When the souls of the departed return their family speak quietly with them at graves adorned with offerings of food, candies, liquor, cigarettes, evertything their dead enjoyed while alive.

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