God said my people perish for lack of knowledge. so I’m posting this to inform Christians of the meaning and origins of Dia de los Muertos. Don’t open any doors for the enemy to harm you or your family. God makes it clear to make no altars to anyone or anything. He tells us in the 10 commandments. We are not to follow pagan traditions or worship.
Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl.
The Huffington Post
Posted: 11/01/2013 8:20 am EDT Updated: 4 hours ago Day of the Dead
Día de los Muertos has both indigenous origins from the Aztec festival for Mictecacihuatl, The Lady of The Dead, and Catholic origins from the Spanish conquistadors’ All Saints and All Souls Day. The original Aztec holiday was actually a month long event, but when the Spanish conquistadores arrived and turned Mexico Catholic, the celebration became entwined with all saints day.
What’s up with all the skulls?
Skulls are everywhere during Día de los Muertos. The origins trace back to the pre-Hispanic era, when they were kept as trophies and used during rituals.
Lady of the Dead /The Skeleton Lady is the most recognized skull on Dia de los Muertos is the Calavera Catrina. The image as we know it today originated with her elegant broad-brimmed hat first appeared in a satirical engraving that Posada, a Mexican cartoonist, did sometime between 1910 and his death on Jan. 20, 1913. He wanted to mock those who pretended to be of a higher class, even if it meant starving, and going painfully thin, or without flesh. She became the most famous of Posada’s illustrations. Posada created her to poke fun at “people who pretended to be European, but weren’t,” said Mercedes Sierra, a visual arts professor at Mexico’s National Autonomous University.
Most Mexicans are of Indian descent, but given long-standing racism, many tried to look European with their clothing or makeup. So Posada created the elegantly dressed skeleton — “skeleton” being Mexican slang for someone so poor they couldn’t eat.
Those who celebrate Día de los Muertos will usually put up altars honoring those members of the family who have passed away. They decorate the altars with candles, sugar skulls, marigolds, food, beverages and clothes. These offerings, or “ofrendas,” are gifts for the dead. Like the holiday itself, the altar also has mixed imagery of both indigenous and Catholic background.