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Day of the Dead vocab


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


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


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


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


whimsical skeleton figures that represent death


a skull; also a slang term for "daredevil"


songs and poems about festival

calaveritas de azucar

sugar skulls made fore the Dia de los Muertos


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


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.


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


a scented resin used to make incense

Dia de los Muertos

day of the dead

Dia Todos los Santos

all saint's day


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


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


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


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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