Speech About The Day Of The Dead

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Gone but never forgotten :The Day of the Dead

Thomas Campbell once said “ To live in hearts we leave behind ,Is not to die.”
I am sure at a point we have all wondered what happens after death .Reincarnation , afterlife , and heaven or hell are all things we have heard of .
It is only natural because death is inevitable.
While some presume they have to mourn the death of their loved ones , the Aztecs believed death was something to celebrate.
Today i will inform you about the origins of the day of the dead , how it is celebrated in the Mexican culture , and its transformation in the US through migration.
First, I will give you a brief preview of the Aztec roots involved in the Day of the Dead ritual .
According to The Latino Holiday Book
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They had several Feasts of the Dead, two of which (in our month of August, the 9th. and 10th.) bore the names ‘Feast of the Little Dead Ones’ and ‘Feast of the Adult Dead’.
Which is why the Day of the Dead is Celebrated two days November 1st dedicated for the children and November 2nd for the adults.
When the Spaniards arrived to Mexico in the 15th Century Aztecs were the dominant society .
After the the Spanish conquered the Aztec Empire, stated in the article “Day of the Dead” by Shmuel Ross accessed on January 23 ,2016 , they immediately set to convert the native population to Catholicism, for both religious and political reasons.
Now , we will explore the the different elements used to celebrate the day of the dead in Mexico and their meanings .
In preparation for the return of their loved ones souls the people set out to a variety of tasks to welcome the deceased .
On days such as All Saints day , November 1st , the cleaning and dressing of graves is most typically carried out . This ritual however does vary in
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Stated in the novel,Day of the Dead in the USA by Regina M. March accessed on January 25, 2016 , the 1960’s and 1970’s marked a decisive period in the U.S. history, when Latinos and people of color were engaged in struggles for civil rights and respect from the Angelo society.
Chicano activists in California began to organize Indigenous-inspired Day of the Dead processions and offerings exhibits as a way to honor the Mexican American Heritage.
Given that Mexican Americans had long been alienated by mainstream U.S. society , Day of the Dead celebrations were a momentous statement of cultural affirmation .
Eventually , Chicanos were able to popularize the Mexican traditions emerging the Day of the Dead ritual in nonreligious spheres and more as a form of popular culture

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