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Martin Meraz Garcia

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Chicano Education


The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday that is celebrated throughout many countries, but mostly in Mexico. This very important holiday focuses on the gathering of friends and family in order to honor those who have passed. The Day of the Dead celebration has a long history to the Mexican people, where it is believed to have originated with the Aztec festival to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. I will be using sources from academic journals to discuss the origin of Day of the Dead and to explore in-depth what this celebration is really about. This paper will also discuss the different viewpoints that Hispanics in particular, Mexicans have on death compared to Americans. Finally this paper will talk about how Day of the Dead is celebrated in the United States and whether or not this is a universal celebration for all Chicanos.

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