Accompany a Mexican family to the town cemetery on November First to celebrate the sacred holiday of the Day of the Dead. Join them as they spend the day and night at their loved one?s graves-honoring them by bring their favorite foods, perhaps a drink of tequila, toting their favorite songs.
The holiday combines ancient Aztec and Indian rituals with Christian beliefs, but it also holds important philosophical, sociological, and political meaning for today's Mexicans. What does the holiday reveal about the national character, and how has this quinticentially Mexican approach to life and death been manipulated by cynical rulers over the centuries to excuse poor health care, horrendous labor conditions, and even violent political repression.
The Day of the Dead is a Soundprint Classic produced by Maria Hinajosa.
A historical description of the holiday from Mexonline.com
CRIZMAC Adventure Travel
Register to travel to Mexico to experience Mexico's art and culture, including the Day of the Dead celebration. (scroll down the page to see offer) october 28 - November 5
El Dia de los Muertos
A very good site written in spanish and english and includes a lot of pictures, links, and descriptions.
Day of the Dead Vocabulary
Lists pertinent terms associated with this tradition.
Folk art for the Day of the Dead.
Day of the Dead
by: Tony Johnston 2000
Describes a Mexican family preparing for and celebrating the Day of the Dead.
Gift for Abuelita: Celebrating the Day of the Dead
by: Nancy Luenn 1998
A nice children's book about about a girl hoping to be reunited with her grandmother as she prepares a gift to give her when her family celebrates the Day of the Dead.