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Ofrenda del dia de los muertos 7

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Stop in at Horizon’s Grief Resource Center this week as we honor Dia de los Muertos. 

November 1st and 2nd mark the holiday of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) which is celebrated in Mexico and the southwest United States. Day of the Dead was originally an Aztec celebration. Instead of fearing death, the Aztec’s believed that death was moving on to a higher level of consciousness. Today, Day of the Dead has a mix of Aztec and Spanish influences. 

Day of the Dead is a holiday meant to honor our deceased relatives. It is believed that during this celebration, our deceased relatives are allowed to reunite with their families. Even though the body is gone, the personality remains. 

Therefore, people decorate elaborate altars with objects that represent what their loved ones liked to do, food and drinks they enjoyed, and pictures of their relatives. In addition, the altars are decorated with candles, flowers, food, toys, candies, little folk art skeletons, and sugar skulls. 

On November 2nd, people celebrate at the cemetery where they clean the tombs, play cards, listen to music, and reminisce about their loved ones. Dia de los Muertos is a day of joy because we know that we are surrounded by our loved ones, both living and deceased. 

Stop in the Grief Center this week to add a purple heart to our Dia de los Muertos display. Purple signifies the pain or grief that we still have, the heart signifying the love we have for our deceased loved ones. Write a message to your loved one, a special memory that you have, or decorate it in honor your loved one. Then hang your heart on our Dia de los Muertos display.

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