What is the Day of the Dead?

What is the Day of the Dead?

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration of life and death. While the holiday originated in Mexico, it is celebrated all over Latin America with colorful calaveras (skulls) and calacas (skeletons). Learn how the Day of the Dead started and the traditions that make it unique.

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5 - 12+

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Anthropology, Geography, Human Geography, Sociology

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July 28, 2022

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