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Death has a unique meaning. The day of the dead focuses on celebrating the cycles of life and death, paying direct tribute to those who have died. The date of the celebration originates from Aztec culture, based on the solar calendar. The cult of the Aztec population was honored by the Lady of Death, today it is referred to as La Catrina, wife of Mictlantecuhtli, the king of the dead. Day of the dead remembers loved ones, bringing together the living and the dead, sharing a meal with them as if they were alive. Families create "ofrendas" (Offerings) to honor their family members that have passed away. The altars are decorated with bright yellow marigold flowers, photos of the departed, and their favorite foods and drinks of the one being honored. The offerings are believed to encourage visits from the land of the dead as the departed souls hear their prayers, smell their foods and join in the celebrations. The colorful altars adorned with candles, images, and food serve to honor souls that must incorporate the four elements of nature. There are papers and images that move with the wind, thus symbolizing the passage of the dead through the place. Water is available to the dead to quench their thirst. Fruits represent the earth and served to satisfy hunger. Fire is symbolized by candles; one part for each soul remembered. It is believed that the dead travel a long way to the world of the living. It does not represent the end, but another form of existence, in a place of abundance and joy.

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