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¡Bienvenidos a todos!
El Día de los Muertos is a holiday primarily celebrated in Mexico on November 1 and 2 each year. This project will (hopefully) familiarize you with some of the traditions and celebrations that surround this holiday. You must turn it in on Monday, November 2, 1998, in class. Since the holiday is celebrated on November 1 and 2, it wouldn't make much sense to turn yours in late, would it? There are several steps you must follow in order to complete the project.

Step One:
Listed below you will find several questions related to El Día de los Muertos. After the questions there is a link to another page with the questions listed on it. PRINT THE PAGE!!! That is the page you will use to answer the questions and complete the project. It is also the page you will turn in to me to get a grade for the project.

Preguntas sobre El Día de los Muertos:

  1. What are some of the forms the celebration takes?
  2. Name some of the foods associated with Dia de los Muertos.
  3. Name some of the places in Mexico where the tradition is popular.
  4. What is an "ofrenda"? What is a "calavera"? What is a "calaca"? Why are they important to the celebration?
  5. Why does the celebration take place in November?
  6. Who is José Guadalupe Posada, and why is he important?
  7. Where is the celebration more important, in the cities or the rural areas of Mexico? Why?
  8. What is the traditional flower of El Día de los Muertos? Why is this particular flower used? What is the Spanish-Indian name for it?
  9. Why are there two days to the celebration?
  10. Who are "los angelitos"?
  11. What American holiday does El Día de los Muertos correspond with? What Catholic Holy Day(s) does it correspond with?
  12. What is Mictlan?

Click here and print the following page!!

Step Two:
How are you supposed to answer those questions, you ask?? There are several outside links, web pages on El Día de los Muertos on the Internet that will help you. Follow this link to check out some of these sites. All of the answers you need can be found within the sites listed on this page. Now, it may take you some time to find the correct information. The sites are not necessarily listed in order of importance, etc. Read up on the holiday and then answer the questions on the page you printed from here.

Step Three:
Once you have printed the question page, and answered those questions, you will hopefully have a better understanding of the holidays and celebrations. Click here and print the following page as well. On it you will find a brief essay question that you need to answer and turn in with the completed questions. Once you have done that, staple the two sheets of paper together and pass them in on Monday, November 2 in class.

If you have any questions or problems while you are completing this project,
e-mail me and ask me. I promise I will respond !!

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