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Dia de los Muertos – An animated journey to the land of the dead

Dia de los Muertos, the 2013 story of a little girl who learns the true meaning of the Day of the Dead — remembering and celebrating loved ones who have died. The animation is a Ringling College of Art and Design student project from Ashley Graham, Kate Reynolds, and Lindsey St. Pierre, collectively known as Whoo Kazoo. A bit of background from Wikipedia:

Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico… The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey…

On October 31, All Hallows Eve, the children make a children’s altar to invite the angelitos (spirits of dead children) to come back for a visit. November 1 is All Saints Day, and the adult spirits will come to visit. November 2 is All Souls Day, when families go to the cemetery to decorate the graves and tombs of their relatives. The three-day fiesta filled with marigolds, the flowers of the dead; muertos (the bread of the dead); sugar skulls; cardboard skeletons; tissue paper decorations; fruit and nuts; incense, and other traditional foods and decorations.

Related reading: Dia de Muertos, A Primer.

Related activities: Sugar skull coloring pages (scroll down to the link below the photo) from RedTedArt.

There are more videos about death on this site.

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