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Day of The Dead- El Día De Los Muertos

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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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