Halloween Around the World: Mexico

day-of-the-dead-catrinaDay of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is celebrated in Mexico between October 31st and November 2nd.  The celebration is designed to honor the dead* who, it is believed**, return to their homes on Halloween.
The Day of the Dead has its origins from pre-Hispanic civilizations from 2,500 to 3,000 years ago, before the Spanish conquered Mexico. That celebration took place*** in the 9th month of the Aztec calendar and lasted the whole month.
Traditionally, November 1 is the day for honoring dead children and infants, and November 2 is the day for honoring deceased adults.

day-of-the-dead-gravesIt’s a festive and colourful holiday. Many families construct an altar to the dead in their homes to honor deceased relatives**** and decorate it with sweets, flowers, photographs, deceased’s favorite foods and drinks, and fresh water.ofrenda-patzcuaro
Families clean the graves***** of their deceased relatives and decorate them with flowers, photos, candles, foods and drinks. People are all night in the cementeries, telling funny stories about their dead ancestors or playing the favorite songs of the dead.

Day of the Dead celebrations now also include community festivals, parades******, and street parties.celebrate-day-of-the-dead

 

Mexican people love making or buying sugar skulls ,called   “calavgroovy-sugar-skullseras de azúcar” in Spanish. Children often give their friends sugar skulls.

Catrinas dolls are the most popular symbol of The Day of the Dead in Mexico. They are tall and thin skelletons dressed up in beautiful clothes and decorated with flowers.They were created by a Mexican artist called Jose Guadalupe Posada.

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dead*= muertos                               it is believed**= se cree

took place***= tenía lugar            deceased relatives****= familiares fallecidos

graves*****= tumbas                     parades*******- desfiles

Mysteries from the past

An Ancient civilization left* thousands of marks on the surface ** of a desert in South America many  years ago.

What is the mysterious about these drawings?

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Surf in the internet and try to discover this first mysterious.

What is the name of this Ancient civilization?

What is the name of this mysterious place?

Where is this mysterious place?

How old are these drawings? What did they draw?

Why is it mysterious? Why did they make*** them?

What do scientist think about the drawings?

Here you have some interesting and useful links that can help you resolve the mystery:

http://joanca.hubpages.com/hub/Learn-About-the-Nazca-Lines-for-Kids

http://peru-facts.co.uk/nazca-lines-facts.html

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/photos/10-mysterious-geoglyphs-around-the-globe/nazca-lines

https://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/perus-mysterious-nazca-lines/

Information in Spanish:

http://cienciadesofa.com/2014/07/quien-construyo-las-lineas-de-nazca.html

https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%ADneas_de_Nazca

http://www.muyhistoria.es/curiosidades/preguntas-respuestas/que-son-las-lineas-de-nazca-491413897821

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