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Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead—is a holiday celebrated on November 1. Although marked throughout Latin America, Dia de los Muertos is most strongly associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated.Oct 17, 2012 Photo: Mexican Day Of The Dead (15929947556).jpg commons.wikimedia.org
A mausoleum a is an external free-standing building constructed as a monument enclosing the interment space or burial chamber of a deceased person or people. A monument without the interment is a cenotaph. A mausoleum may be considered a type of tomb, or the tomb may be considered to be within the mausoleum. Photo: Tommy Gagliano Mausoleum in Woodlawn Cemetery. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tommy_Gagliano_Mausoleum_in_Woodlawn_Cemetery.JPG commons.wikimedia.org
Photo: Day of the Dead at Mexican Cemetery https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Day_of_the_dead_at_mexican_cemetery_4.jpg
Background picture: Nøtterøy kirke Kirkeveien Graveyard Norway 2015-12-13 distorted panorama 01.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:N%C3%B8tter%C3%B8y_kirke_Kirkeveien_Graveyard_Norway_2015-12-13_distorted_panorama_01.jpg Http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoNabUSDcUb9iuSr256mLMg. "All Souls Day HD." YouTube. Catholic Online, 22 Oct. 2015. Web. 05 Aug. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLGwUX8VExo>. "Halloween History - History of Halloween." History of Halloween. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Aug. 2016. <http://www.halloweenhistory.org/>. Howcast. "How to Make a Grave Rubbing." YouTube. YouTube, 19 July 2010. Web. 05 Aug. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjlpNupjoCs>. KnowItSome. "Make a Gravestone Rubbing." WikiHow. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Aug. 2016. <http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Gravestone-Rubbing>. Mysterious Forest by Elena Naumova http://www.theholidayspot.com/halloween/graphics/mysterious_forest.mp3 "Not Just Halloween: Festivals of the Dead from around the World | EDSITEment." Not Just Halloween: Festivals of the Dead from around the World | EDSITEment. National Endowment for the Humanies, n.d. Web. 05 Aug. 2016. <http://edsitement.neh.gov/not-just-halloween-festivals-dead-around-world>. Sharla. "Obon: Japanese Festival of the Dead お盆." YouTube. YouTube, 19 Apr. 2013. Web. 05 Aug. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nD50Z9eOHw>.
The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops. Photo by: Alexas_Fotos Halloween The Witch Weird Surreal Atmosphere Bat https://pixabay.com/en/halloween-the-witch-weird-surreal-959049/
The Festival of the Dead in Japan, which is called Obon, is held every year in the month of August. The festival often goes by a second name: The Festival of Lanterns. As in the traditional festival of Halloween, the souls of the departed return to the world of the living during this time. However, unlike Halloween, in which the souls of the dead are often imagined as malevolent or angry, like the Headless Horseman, Obon is a day when the spirits return to visit their relatives. Japanese American communities in the United States often organize festivities, particularly in Hawaii and California. Many Buddhists in Japan celebrate this holiday by preparing offerings of special food for their ancestors’ spirits, which are placed on altars in temples and in their homes. As the sun goes down families light paper lanterns and hang them in front of their houses to help the spirits find their way home. The celebrations end with families sending colorful paper lanterns lit by candles floating down the rivers and bays of Japan and out to sea. The string of colorful lights bobbing in the water are meant to guide the spirits of their loved ones back to the realm of the dead until next year. Photo: US Navy 030817-N-2420K-002 Illuminated by the Albuquerque Bridge https://goo.gl/lJuLrN
Name The appearance of festivals commemorating both people who have died, as well as death itself, can be found in a large number of distinct and different cultures around the world. As our own festival looms in the distance like a lighted jack-o-lantern, the cooler days of October provide a moment to reflect on why these traditions exist in so many diverse contexts and locations.
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