This Mexican celebration dates back more than 3000 years
Like the memory of a loved one that never fades, Dia de Los Muertos also survives. It may change and evolve, but it never vanishes.
The Spaniards learned that when they arrived in central Mexico in the 16th century. They viewed the ritual, which was started by the Aztecs some 3,000 years ago, as sacrilegious. But the festival couldn’t be quashed.
It's not "Mexican Halloween" it's Dia de Los Muertos ?? pic.twitter.com/8lbqHY21hU
— Princesita (@meliysabel) November 2, 2017
Not only did it survive, it thrived, moving from southern Mexico and spreading north. It also merged with elements of Christianity. Originally celebrated in the summer, it moved to Nov. 1 and 2 to coincide with All Saints Days and All Souls Day.
— Charles Shapiro (@shapiro_WAC) November 4, 2016
Day of the Dead, El Día de los Muertos, gets Google Doodle tribute
Let’s celebrate the Day of the Dead in Atlanta:
- 2017 Dia de los Muertos 5k, Festival & Skull Sprint Saturday, November 4, 2017: Día de Los Muertos 5k is a PEACHTREE QUALIFIER! Runners Fit Race Works will be timing the race, and the course is USATF certified.
- Restaurant NO MAS CANTINA: No Mas! Celebrates Day of the Dead Thursday, November 2nd, 5:30-10pm
Google at https://g.co/doodle/8px45b