Orange County Register
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 .