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Martin Meraz Garcia

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Chicano Education


Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday put in place to honor those who have passed away. During the celebration the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations of papel picado, flowers, sugar skulls, music and parades. Unlike American culture which views death as a very somber event, the Mexican culture has learned to embrace it as a natural part of life. On this day the dead are thought to wake from their eternal sleep and join the celebration with their family and friends. This paper explores the history of Día de los Muertos and how it is celebrated today in the United States. In this study I use peer reviewed articles as well as magazines and books published by a variety of Chicano scholars.