Latinx Immigrats of Iowa celebrates Day of the Dead as tradition and
culture with our Latinx community in Iowa, our goal is to keep our
traditions and culture with our new generations and keep the alive and
invite our community to be a part of them not matter races.
In pre-Hispanic times, the cult of death was one of the basic elements
of culture, when someone died they were buried wrapped in a petate
and their relatives organized a party in order to guide them on their
journey to Mictlán. In the same way they placed food that he liked in
life, with the belief that he could get hungry.
The Day of the Dead in the indigenous vision implies the transitory
return of the souls of the deceased, who return home, to the world of
the living, to live with their families and to be nourished by the essence
of the food that is offered to them on the altars. placed in his honor.
In this Day of the Dead celebration, death does not represent an
absence but a living presence; death is a symbol of life that
materializes in the offered altar. In this sense, it is a celebration that
carries great popular significance since it includes various meanings,
from philosophical to material.
Its origin is located in the harmony between the celebration of the
Catholic religious rituals brought by the Spaniards and the
commemoration of the day of the dead that the indigenous people
carried out since pre-Hispanic times; The ancient Mexicas, Mixtecs,
Texcocans, Zapotecs, Tlaxcalans, Totonacs and other original peoples
of our country, transferred the veneration of their dead to the Christian
calendar, which coincided with the end of the agricultural cycle of corn,
the country's main food crop.
The celebration of the Day of the Dead takes place on November 1 and
2, as it is divided into categories: According to the Catholic calendar,
November 1 corresponds to All Saints, a day dedicated to the "little
dead" or children, and on November 2 to the Faithful Departed, that is,
Every year many families place offerings and altars decorated with
cempasúchil flowers, chopped paper, sugar skulls, pan de muerto,
mole or some dish that their relatives to whom the offering is
dedicated liked, and as in pre-Hispanic times, incense is placed to
aromatize the place.
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Dia de los Muertos in collaboration with Des Moines Public Library