Day of The Dead- El Día De Los Muertos

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Day of the Dead vocab

alfenique

a spacial confection used to fashion skulls,fruits, and other things

altar de muertos

the offering that family and/or friends prepare for their dead loved ones

algelitos

the souls of the children who have died; literally "little angels"

arco

decorated arch sometimes placed on the graves or on the altar de muerto

atole

an ancient drink made from corn meal and water and flavored with various fruits

calacas

whimsical skeleton figures that represent death

calavera

a skull; also a slang term for "daredevil"

calaveras

songs and poems about festival

calaveritas de azucar

sugar skulls made fore the Dia de los Muertos

careta

mask worn by dancers to scare the dead away at the end of the celebrations

catrina

famed Dia de lost Muertos artist Jose Guadalupe Posada's icon of death. Catrina means "a wealthy woman" and it is said in a sarcastic manner.

cempazuchitl

a yellow marigold, the symbol of death, also know as cempasuchil or zempasuchitl

copalli

a scented resin used to make incense

Dia de los Muertos

day of the dead

Dia Todos los Santos

all saint's day

golletes

a doughnut shaped bread, glazed with pink-colored sugar and placed on the altar

Iluminacion

the ceremony that takes place in the cemetery, where hundreds of candles are lit to guide the souls to their altars

mole

a thick sauce made form a variety of ingredients, including chilis, sesame seeds, herbs, spices, chocolate, and fruit

ofrenda

an offering; refers to the goods set out on the altar

pan de los muertos

bread of the dead

papel picado

colorful tissue with intricate, festive designs cut out

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