Dia de Los Muertos

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dia de los muertos
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day of the dead: time to celebrate the death and life of departed friends and loved ones
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angelitos
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little angels: infants and children who have died and are believed to have a special place in heaven
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el 1 y 2 de noviembre
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two days spent in honor of the dead: first day celebrates infants and children who died; second day is in honor of adults who have passed on
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pan de muertos
pan de muertos
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bread of the dead: traditional sweet bread baked and eaten by families of the dead and also placed on the ofrenda altar
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el panteĆ³n
el panteĆ³n
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cemetery: visiting the cemetery is a popular tradition that is spent in a picnic environment, with food, music and fireworks
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la tumba
la tumba
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the tomb or grave site- cleaned up and decorated by the family members
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la ofrenda
la ofrenda
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offering altar set up in families’ homes to honor, welcome and service the traveling spirits of their deceased family members during the day of the dead celebrations
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las flores
las flores
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flowers: marigolds and their petals are most commonly used to decorate the altars and the tombs
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las velas
las velas
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candles- placed on the altar to guide the souls to the altar
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el papel picado
el papel picado
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paper cut-out – technique of cutting out special designs in colorful tissue paper banners or flags that are then used to decorate ofrendas.
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las calaveritas
las calaveritas
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sugar skulls: traditional folk art of Mexico in which a sugar mixture is pressed into skull-shaped molds, dried, and then colorfully and attractively decorated
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las calacas
las calacas
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whimsical decorated skeleton figures- represent death and used as popular decoration for day of the dead altars, etc.
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el copal
el copal
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resin used as incense- placed on altar to help guide spirits home
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atole
atole
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hot Mexican drink made with cornstarch and used to nourish and warm the spirits when they return or leave
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champurrado
champurrado
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chocolate (atole) drink
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los chapulines
los chapulines
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fried or grilled seasoned grasshoppers commonly eaten by Mexicans
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mole
mole
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spicy chocolate sauce
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calabaza en tacha
calabaza en tacha
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candied pumpkin- traditional Mexican dessert often used on the family altars
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ponche
ponche
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hot Mexican fruit punch; sometimes spiked with a little rum

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