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Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

Día de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated across Latin America October 31-November 2. During that time, people across Latin America honor their dead and celebrate the cycle of life. The holiday originated in Mexico, though it is celebrated in Guatemala, Bolivia, and other countries in Latin America.  During the celebrations, families and friends of departed loved ones create a space for them to return to the world of the living and celebrate those things which they enjoyed in life. The process embodies the belief that death is a natural and necessary part of life, and invites all participants to celebrate rather than mourn.

Lesson Plans

PDF Day of the Dead (Mexico)
PDF Day of the Dead Booklet

CLAS Resources

Book Day of the Dead (Mexico)
PDF Day of the Dead Booklet
PPT Día de los Muertos: Altars
Book Fiesta: Days of the Dead & Other Mexican Festivals
Map Map of Mexico
PDF Monarch Buttefly Migration Map
Book The Ancient American World

CLAS Workshop Presentations

PPT Día de los Muertos: Altars
PDF Día de los Muertos: An Introduction