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Day of the Dead Honors the Deceased

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Here is a glossary of Spanish terms used in connection with the Day of the Dead:
  • los angelitos — literally, little angels; young children whose spirits return
  • la calaca — a skeleton figure representing death, similar to the Grim Reaper
  • el calavera — a reckless fellow
  • la calavera — skull
  • la calaverada — crazy, foolish behavior
  • el difunto — the departed
  • la hojaldra — a bread for the Day of the Dead
  • la ofrenda — an offering left for the souls of the dead
  • zempasúchitl — the traditional name for the yellow marigolds used to mark a pathway to the altar
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