Dia de Los Muertos: Celebration of Life and Death

By Renee Lemus Elisaldez, Ph.D. There is often a misconception that day of the dead is simply the Mexican version of Halloween. However, the two celebrations have very different histories and contemporary evolutions. Our contemporary images of Halloween are often centered on scary images and illusions to death as something to be feared. In many Latin American countries,however, Dia de Los Muertos celebrates death in a way that signifies the perpetual cycle of life, viewing death as the beginning of a new life in another realm. In fact, many spiritual traditions believe that during this time of year, [...]