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Day of the Dead or Dia de Los Muertos is a 2-day celebration where it is believed that the passageway between the real world and the spirit world is open so our deceased loved ones can come back to visit us. We make their favorite meals and we offer their favorite drinks. We sing, dance, and rejoice before they head back to the underworld for another year.This cultural celebration originated in Mexico. They created a unique and interesting way to face death and the deceased. The people, the food, and the celebrations are bright, loud, and unequaled. So when it comes to death, in true Mexican style, Mexicans celebrate with color, food, and music. Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. Flowers, altars, food, and music are all integral parts of the holiday. Families will set up ofrendas or alters to remember their dead loved ones. The ofrendas usually consist of pictures of our dead loved ones, water, the loved one’s favorite food and drink items, flowers, bread, and other things that celebrate the dead person’s life. Marigolds are used during Dia de Muertos celebrations by being placed on the altars and on the burial sites. The Marigold flower is thought to guide the spirits back with their intense color and pungent smell. It is ok to be sad when we talk about our dead loved ones, but Day of the Dead is all about remembering those we have lost and celebrating their lives. We share stories, eat food, and enjoy time together with our family and friends. Take some time to look and read the stories of our Franklin family

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