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Dia de los Muertos: Celebrating Life and Death

Oct. 28, 2014

Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a remembrance and a recognition of the lifecycle – that with all birth comes death, said Alexandro José Gradilla, associate professor and chairman of Cal State Fullerton’s Chicana and Chicano Studies Department.

“Death is a birth in some sense,” he said. “Ignoring it means you’re not fully understanding and appreciating life.”

The holiday, celebrated Nov. 1-3, has Mesoamerican roots, before Mexico and Central America had any contact with Europeans. The celebration was originally linked to harvesting. Continue reading the full article  online .

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