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  • Joe Barile
    October 14, 2013

    Hello, I would like to point out n error, for your correction, on the holiday/celebration page. You state that Nov 2nd is Dia de los Santos. It is actually November 1st. All Souls & All Saints Day are two different days. You translated Sanotos as Souls, when it is really Saints. I assume that Dia de las Almas would be how to say All Souls Day. I would like to use your page for class with my students. The sooner that you caN correct it, I would appreciate it. Thank You, Joe Barile

  • Administrator
    October 23, 2013

    Sr. Barile,

    You are absolutely right! Thank you for bring this error to our attention. We have corrected it, and added a bit more information that we hope will be useful for your students. The entries now read:

    Nov 1 & 2

    Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead (Mexico, Central America). In most regions of Mexico, November 1 is to honor children and infants, whereas deceased adults are honored on November 2. This is indicated by generally referring to November 1 mainly as Día de los Santos Inocentes* ("Holy Innocents Day") but also as Día de los Angelitos ("Day of the Little Angels") and November 2 as Día de los Muertos or Día de los Difuntos ("Day of the Dead").

    Traditionally, it is an observance festivity to celebrate and honor one’s ancestors. It’s based on the belief that there is interaction between the living world and the world of spirits. On the Día de los Muertos, the almas, or the spirits of the dead, are said to come back for family reunions. Many celebrate setting up ofrendas (altars) in their homes to honor the memory of deceased loved ones and to welcome their visiting souls. Others visit their loved one’s cemetery plot and decorate it with flowers, candles and food. The holiday is celebrated with family and community gatherings, music, and feasting, and the festivity of its observance acknowledges death as an integral part or life.

    * Día de los Santos Inocentes is not to be confused with Día de los Inocentes (April Fool’s or All Fools’ Day) which is celebrated on April 1st.

    Nov 2

    All Souls’ Day or Día de los Difuntos. This Catholic observance celebrates the memory of all early martyrs, saints and the faithfully departed.

    Thank you and the best to you!

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