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If you want to know more about the thousands of years old celebration known as El dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), learn about it through apps from its history and meanings, how to prepare, and what to do for a modern celebration.
The celebration that has increased in popularity over the past 10 years has been around for over 3,000 years and is rooted in pre-Hispanic indigenous cultures. If you want to learn about the brief history of Dia de los Muertos, its two-day celebration, and how it has evolved over time, you can look for apps that give descriptions of history and cultures. There, you will find that el Dia de los Muertos is on November 1-2 and was meant to honor the dead and encourage them to come and visit the living for those two nights. The long history of the celebration changes over time with the introduction of Christianity and then with the famous sugar skull painting by political cartoonist José Guadalupe Posada aimed at poking fun at the upper-class woman. To learn more details about the brightly colored UNESCO protected holiday, which is rich with tradition and symbols, you can download apps like CultureMap to learn about cities, their celebrations, and what they offer. Perhaps you want to dive into the history of the ancient celebration, you can download apps like History. Whether you are more interested in the ancient traditions of the celebration or the more modern cultural evolution, you can learn Day of the Dead facts through online forums, apps, and historical and cultural sites.
After learning all about el Dia de los Muertos, it's time to join the celebration and learn how to prepare and what to do for the festival. Firstly, if you have been reading the history, you have also learned a bit about the Dia de los Muertos traditions like the alter (or ofrenda in Spanish) that are the centerpieces to the celebration. These alters are not for mourning or worshiping but for celebration and invitation, so you want to decorate yours with gifts, photos, and things the person you are inviting would like. You can find lots of inspiration and be creative with your day of the dead decorations by using apps like Pinterest or even Youtube for doing it yourself videos on how to draw a skull (or calavera) or how to make the traditional marigold flowers out of paper. You can also use apps to learn how to make traditional day of the dead food like pan de muerto (bread of the dead) and a porridge made from corn flour called atole in Spanish. If you are not a Spanish speaker, it might be good to download a language learning app to understand some of the words pertaining to the celebration in Spanish. You can have hours of fun learning about the culture of the celebration and how to decorate it. Many celebrations today include parades with people dressed in Dead of the dead costumes. To make your own costume, you can look online and watch videos so you can put together your own authentic costume, or you can simply buy already made costumes online and save time.
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