Word of the Week: Spanish Lesson

Week 30 – Day of the Dead

Lili Normand
Expresiones: Spanish Language and Mexican Arts

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican tradition and celebration. It takes place yearly on November 1st and 2nd. This tradition is to remember and celebrate people who are no longer with us. Mexicans display pictures of their deceased loved ones with candles around. They also prepare food they used to love when they were alive.
This celebration has symbolic and meaningful decorations, food, activities and even literature; all created in remembrance of the people that passed away. UNESCO has recognized Dia de Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Día de los Muertos (dee-ah deh lohs moo-ehr-tohs)
This means “Day of the Dead” in Spanish.

Velas (beh-lahs)
It means candles. People put candles close to the people’s pictures that have passed away.

Pan de Muerto (Pahn deh moo-ehr-toh)
“Bread of the Dead” is a sweet bread prepared only on Nov 1st and 2nd to honour those souls who are no longer with us.

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